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CDC: Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana rank high on adult physical inactivity

By Fabrice Pierre-Toussaint

Contributing Writer for Telegraph Local | See my LinkedIn


According to new information from the CDC, on adult physical activity levels, Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana rank higher than most states on adult physical activity levels. The three states have self reported inactivity levels of 25 to 30 percent for adults. Respondents were classified as physically inactive in the survey if they responded “no” to the following question: “During the past month, other than your regular job, did you participate in any physical activities or exercises such as running, calisthenics, golf, gardening, or walking for exercise?”

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The South had the highest prevalence of physical inactivity, at an average of 28 percent, followed by the Northeast, Midwest, and the West. Utah, Colorado, Washington and Oregon reported the lowest levels of inactivity. Black and Hispanic adults reported higher levels of inactivity overall than their white counterparts. Regular physical activity is a vital element of a healthy lifestyle. Only 24% of adults meet physical activity guidelines in 2018, and many adults spend a large portion of their time being sedentary (sitting). Being physically active and reducing sedentary behavior can benefit health

Regular physical activity (at least 150 minutes a week) is associated with reduced risk of Cardiovascular diseases, such as heart disease and stroke, hypertension, Type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, including bladder, breast and colon cancer, dementia and anxiety and depression. 

According to America’s Health Rankings, the prevalence of physical inactivity among adults is higher among women compared with men. Adults ages 65 and older compared with adults ages 45-64 and 18-44. Hispanic, American Indian/Alaska Native and non-Hispanic black adults compared with non-Hispanic white, multiracial and Asian adults. Adults ages 25 and older with less than a high school education compared with those who are college graduates. Adults ages 25 and older with an annual household income below $25,000 compared with adults with an annual income of $75,000 or more.

Reducing the amount of time spent sitting and increasing physical activity may decrease the health risks associated with physical inactivity. Physical activity guidelines specify that adults should move more and sit less throughout the day. Some physical activity is better than none. Key guidelines for adults include at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity (or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity) aerobic physical activity, such as running, riding a bike, dancing or swimming, a week. Muscle-strengthening activities involving all major muscle groups two or more days a week. The CDC makes several recommendations for community efforts to increase physical activity, including built environment approaches to make it easier for people to walk, run, bike, skate or use wheelchairs to get to where they need to go.

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35% or more adults had obesity in 9 states (Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, and West Virginia). In Ohio, 17.1% of youth ages 10 to 17 have obesity, giving Ohio a ranking of 10 out of 51 for this age group among all states and the District of Columbia.  

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