America – We Need to Get Moving
A recent report from the National Center for Health Statistics (CDC) showed that only 23% of Americans meet the federal guidelines for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities during leisure-time physical activity from 2010-2015. While this study does not include commuting to work and occupational physical activity, previous research has shown that leisure time, not occupational exercise, is most important to decrease morbidity and mortality. In addition, the study illustrated the southeastern states, with the highest percentage of overweight and obesity were generally “below average” in many categories.
As medical providers, it is essential to continue to address lifestyle choices with our patients often, including regular physical activity. Let’s encourage an active day.
Blackwell DL, Clarke TC. State variation in meeting the 2008 Federal Guidelines for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities through leisure-time physical activity among adults aged 18-64: United States, 2010-2015. National Health Statistics Report, 2018.