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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
August 14, 2018

Few Americans Hit Fitness Targets

JAMA. 2018;320(6):540. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.10609

Fewer than one-third of US individuals reach recommended weekly fitness goals, with those in the Southeastern United States falling consistently behind other parts of the country, according to a report from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics.

The report used 2010-2015 data from the National Health Interview Survey to assess how many adults age 18 to 64 years in each state and the District of Columbia meet Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) 2008 guidelines for leisure-time physical activity. The guidelines recommend 2 weekly muscle-strengthening activities in addition to weekly moderate-intensity aerobic activity for 150 minutes or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity aerobic physical activity. Nationwide, just 22.9% of US adults in this age group met these targets for leisure time activity. A higher percentage of men than women met the guideline (27.2% vs 18.7%).