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QuickStats: Leisure-Time Physical Activity* Among Men Aged 25–64 Years, by Age Group and Veteran Status† — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2007–2010§

The figure shows leisure-time physical activity among men aged 25-64 years, by age group and veteran status in the United States during 2007-2010. During 2007-2010, higher percentages of male veterans than nonveterans aged 25-34 years (37% versus 28%), 35-44 years (31% versus 22%), and 45-54 years (22% versus 19%) participated in leisure-time physical activities that met the federal 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Little difference was observed between veterans and nonveterans in the 55-64 years age group. Levels of leisure-time physical activity decreased with age among both veterans and nonveterans.

* Defined as participating in aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities that meet the federal 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans; available at http://www.health.gov/paguidelines.

Veterans identified themselves by responding yes to the question: "Have you ever been honorably discharged from active duty in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard?"

§ Estimates are based on household interviews of a sample of the civilian, noninstitutionalized U.S. population and are derived from the National Health Interview Survey sample adult component.

95% confidence interval.

During 2007–2010, higher percentages of male veterans than nonveterans aged 25–34 years (37% versus 28%), 35–44 years (31% versus 22%), and 45–54 years (22% versus 19%) participated in leisure-time physical activities that met the federal 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Little difference was observed between veterans and nonveterans in the 55–64 years age group. Levels of leisure-time physical activity decreased with age among both veterans and nonveterans.

Source: National Health Interview Survey, 2007–2010. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis.htm.

Reported by: Ellen A. Kramarow, PhD, ekramarow@cdc.gov, 301-458-4325; Patricia N. Pastor, PhD.

Alternate Text: The figure above shows leisure-time physical activity among men aged 25-64 years, by age group and veteran status in the United States during 2007-2010. During 2007-2010, higher percentages of male veterans than nonveterans aged 25-34 years (37% versus 28%), 35-44 years (31% versus 22%), and 45-54 years (22% versus 19%) participated in leisure-time physical activities that met the federal 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Little difference was observed between veterans and nonveterans in the 55-64 years age group. Levels of leisure-time physical activity decreased with age among both veterans and nonveterans.


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