QuickStats: Percentage* of Adults Aged ≥18 Years Who Walked ≥10 Minutes as a Method of Transportation,† by Location of Residence§ — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2005, 2010, and 2015¶
Weekly / May 26, 2017 / 66(20);547
* Percentages shown with 95% confidence intervals.
† Based on the response of “yes” to the survey question, “During the past 7 days, did you walk to get some place that took you at least 10 minutes?” This was the first of a series of questions that asked about walking for transportation. Questions about walking for other reasons like relaxation or exercise were asked separately and were not included in these estimates.
§ Based on the household residence location. Metropolitan is located within a metropolitan statistical area, defined as a county or group of contiguous counties that contains at least one urbanized area of ≥50,000 population. Surrounding counties with strong economic ties to the urbanized area also are included. Nonmetropolitan areas do not include a large urbanized area and are typically thought of as more rural.
¶ 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.
Overall, the percentage of adults aged ≥18 years that walked as a method of transportation increased from 29.4% in 2005 to 32.5% in 2015. A similar pattern was observed for adults residing in metropolitan locations (31.2% to 34.1%) but there was no change for those residing in nonmetropolitan locations (22.4% to 22.2%). Regardless of year, adults residing in metropolitan locations were more likely to have walked as a method of transportation than were adults residing in nonmetropolitan locations.
Source: National Health Interview Survey, 2005, 2010, 2015 data. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis.htm.
Reported by: Lindsey I. Black, MPH, firstname.lastname@example.org, 301-458-4548.
Suggested citation for this article: QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged ≥18 Years Who Walked ≥10 Minutes as a Method of Transportation, by Location of Residence — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2005, 2010, and 2015. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2017;66:547. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6620a9External.
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