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QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged >25 Years Who Reported Regular Leisure-Time Physical Activity,* by Education Level --- National Health Interview Survey, United States, 1997 and 2007

In 1997 and 2007, the percentage of adults aged 
≥25 years who reported regular leisure-time physical activity increased 
with level of education. In 2007, persons with a college degree or more were nearly three times as likely to report regular 
leisure-time physical activity (43.4%) as those who did not complete high school (14.9%). However, regardless of education 
level, from 1997 to 2007 no progress was made toward meeting the 
<I>Healthy People 2010</I> target of 50% of persons reporting 
regular leisure-time physical activity (objective 22-2).

* Defined as at least 30 minutes of moderate activity, five times per week, or at least 20 minutes of vigorous physical activity, three times per week.

Data were age adjusted to the 2000 standard population.

§ 95% confidence interval.

In 1997 and 2007, the percentage of adults aged >25 years who reported regular leisure-time physical activity increased with level of education. In 2007, persons with a college degree or more were nearly three times as likely to report regular leisure-time physical activity (43.4%) as those who did not complete high school (14.9%). However, regardless of education level, from 1997 to 2007 no progress was made toward meeting the Healthy People 2010 target of 50% of persons reporting regular leisure-time physical activity (objective 22-2).

SOURCES: National Health Interview Surveys, 1997 and 2007. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis.htm.

US Department of Health and Human Services. Objective 22-2. Healthy people 2010 (midcourse review). Washington, DC: US Department of Health and Human Services; 2000. Available at http://www.healthypeople.gov/data/midcourse/pdf/fa22.pdf.

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Date last reviewed: 3/19/2009

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