The State Indicator Report on Physical Activity, 2014 shows that physical activity among adults and high school students is higher in some states than others. Overall, most states have some environmental and policy supports in place that encourage physical activity. However, more work is needed to ensure that adults and youth have opportunities for safe and convenient physical activity in their schools and communities.
The report includes information on physical activity behaviors by state, including the following:
- Percentage of adults who met the 150-minute aerobic activity and muscle-strengthening guidelines.
- Percentage of adults who usually biked or walked to work in the preceding week.
- Percentage of students who engaged in at least 60 minutes of daily physical activity.
- Percentage of students who participated in daily school physical education.
The report also includes important information on state policies and environmental supports that encourage active behaviors. Some of this information includes the following:
- Percentage of youth who have parks or playground areas; recreation centers, community centers, boys’ and girls’ clubs; and sidewalks or walking paths available in their neighborhood.
- Number of states that provide policy guidance on school recess and walking or biking to or from school.
- Number of states that have adopted some form of Complete Streets policy to help ensure that streets are safe for all users, including pedestrians and bicyclists.
CDC Releases State Indicator Report on Physical Activity (2014)