ATLANTA , GA. – An initiative to help 27 million Americans become more physically active by 2027 is in the works. The Active People, Healthy Nation initiative sets out to improve overall health and quality of life. It plans to reduce healthcare costs by empowering community leaders to work with their communities to reduce disparities in physical inactivity within the community.
1 in 5 adults are inactive in all but four states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). From 2017-2020 data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (an on-going state-based telephone interview survey conducted by CDC and state health departments) shows that (Alaska and Montana) and Guam had a physical inactivity prevalence of 30% or higher among non-Hispanic Asian adults.*
- (Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and West Virginia) had a physical inactivity prevalence of 30% or higher among non-Hispanic White adults.
- 27 states had a physical inactivity prevalence of 30% or higher among non-Hispanic American Indian/Alaska Native adults.*
- 23 states and the District of Columbia had a physical inactivity prevalence of 30% or higher among non-Hispanic Black adults.*
- 25 states and Puerto Rico had a physical inactivity prevalence of 30% or higher among Hispanic adults.
*49 of 52 jurisdictions had sufficient data to be included in these results.
The CDC encourages individuals and families to integrate physical activity into your daily routines by going for a hike, a brisk walk, walking the dog, cycling to run errands, or choosing the stairs instead of the elevator,. The point being to move more and sit less.
To learn more about physical activity, visit https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/index.html. Maps and data tables are available at www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/data/inactivity-prevalence-maps/index.html.