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CDC Reports More than 15% of US Adults Are Physically Inactive

New data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals more than 15% of adults across all states and territories are physically inactive.

New data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals more than 15% of adults across all states and territories are physically inactive.

The maps compiled from 2015 through 2018 use data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, a state-based, telephone survey conducted by the CDC and state health departments. Hispanics (31.7%) have the highest prevalence of physical activity, followed by non-Hispanic blacks (30.3%) and non-Hispanic whites (23.4%).

In Tennessee, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Alabama, Kentucky, Arkansas, Mississippi, and two US territories, 30% or more adults physically inactive. The South has the highest prevalence of physical inactivity (28.0%), followed by the Northeast (25.6%), Midwest (25.0%), and the West (20.5%). The CDC’s Map: Overall Physical Inactivity can be found at: cdc.gov

Regular physical activity is important in reducing the risk of depression, obesitytype 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. These public health challenges also affect oral health, as patients are at higher risk of caries, and periodontal diseases. Learn more about oral complications in Dimensions of Dental Hygiene’s article, “The Relationship Between Obesity and Periodontal Diseases.”

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