CDC reports increase in walking for exercise
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
CDC Announcement, Tuesday, August 7, 2012
The Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today that 62% of adults say they
walked at least once for 10 minutes or more in the previous week in 2010,
compared to 56% in 2005. For the Vital
researchers analyzed data from the
National Health Interview Survey
The data also revealed that less than half (48%) of all adults get enough
physical activity to improve their health.
health benefits, the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines
for Americans recommends at least 2 ½ hours per week of moderate aerobic
physical activity, such as brisk walking. This activity should be done
for at least 10 minutes at a time.
also shows that increases in walking were seen in nearly all groups surveyed.
Walkers were defined as those who walked for at least one session of 10 minutes
or more for transportation, fun or exercise.
the West, roughly 68%of people walk, more than any other region in the
living in the South had the largest increase in the percentage of people
who walk, up by nearly 8 percentage points from about 49% in 2005 to 57%
adults with arthritis or hypertension are walking, but there was no
increase in walking among adults with type 2 diabetes.
More than 145
million adults are now getting some of their physical activity by
walking. People who are physically active live longer and are at lower
risk for heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression and some cancers.
People need safe and convenient places to walk; people walk more where they
feel protected from traffic and safe from crime. Communities can be
designed or improved to make it easier for people to walk to the places they
need and want to go.
also highlights ways to provide better spaces and more places for walking,
and local governments can consider joint use agreements to let community
residents use local school tracks or gyms after classes have finished.
can create or identify walking paths around or near the work place and
promote them with signs and route maps.
can participate in local planning efforts that identify best sites for
walking paths and priorities for new sidewalks.
CDC Vital Signs provides timely, high impact, and data-driven prevention information, linking science, policy, and communications to create a call-to-action. The full report and past issues of Vital Signs are available at www.cdc.gov/VitalSigns.
For more information about Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans and ways to get active, visit www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity ; the National Institute on Aging’s Go4Life campaign has information on walking for health, success stories, and other fitness resources for older people. For more information on CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, visit www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpao or contact Jennifer Greaser at JGreaser@cdc.gov.