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County-Level Estimates for Leisure-Time Physical Inactivity

Estimates of leisure-time physical inactivity or lack of physical activity or exercise are now available for all 3,141 counties or county equivalents, such as boroughs and parishes, in the United States. The estimates for leisure-time physical inactivity were derived using data from the census and the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). These county-level estimates reflect adults who report no physical activity or exercise other than at their regular job, and supplement existing county-level estimates available for obesity and diagnosed diabetes.

Physical inactivity can lead to obesity and type 2 diabetes. On the other hand, physical activity can help control weight, reduce the risk of heart disease and some cancers, strengthen bones and muscles, and improve mental health.

Highest Rates of Leisure-Time Physical Inactivity in Appalachia, the South

Maps Showing County-Level Estimates of Physical Inactivity Click the Indicator button on the top left of the page and select Leisure-time Physical Inactivity.

Learn more about the methodology for county-level estimates.

Diabetes and Me; Be Active Resources for Physical Activity

Women riding bicycles


 Family walking and laughing
 
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