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QuickStats: Percentage* of Adults Who Met Federal Guidelines for Aerobic Physical Activity, by Poverty Status§ — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2014


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The figure above is a bar chart showing that in 2014, the percentage of adults aged ≥18 years who met federal guidelines for aerobic physical activity increased as family income increased. The percentage of adults aged ≥18 years who met federal guidelines for aerobic physical activity ranged from 34.8% for those with family incomes <100% of the poverty level to 66.8% for those with family incomes ≥600% of the poverty level.

* With error bars indicating 95% confidence interval.

Per U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (http://www.health.gov/paguidelines/guidelines/default.aspx). Respondents were considered to be meeting aerobic activity guidelines if they reported moderate-intensity physical activity for ≥150 minutes leisure-time activity per week, vigorous-intensity physical activity for ≥75 minutes leisure-time activity per week, or an equivalent combination of moderate-intensity and vigorous-intensity leisure-time activity.

§ Poverty status is based on family income and family size using the 2013 U.S. Census Bureau poverty thresholds. Family income was imputed where missing.

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.

In 2014, the percentage of adults aged ≥18 years who met federal guidelines for aerobic physical activity increased as family income increased. The percentage of adults aged ≥18 years who met federal guidelines for aerobic physical activity ranged from 34.8% for those with family incomes <100% of the poverty level to 66.8% for those with family incomes ≥600% of the poverty level.
Source: National Health Interview Survey data, 2014. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis.htm.


Reported by: LaJeana Hawkins, MPH, LDHawkins@cdc.gov, 301-458-4611; Mark Montgomery, MS; Deepthi Kandi.

Suggested citation for this article: QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Who Met Federal Guidelines for Aerobic Physical Activity, by Poverty Status — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2014. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2016;65:459. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6517a6.

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