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PA-1 Data Details

PA-1 Reduce the proportion of adults who engage in no leisure-time physical activity

About the Data

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.

National Data Source
National Health Interview Survey (NHIS); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics (CDC/NCHS)
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch
No
Measure
percent (age adjusted—see Comments)
Baseline (Year)
36.2 (2008)
Target
32.6
Target-Setting Method
10 percent improvement
Numerator
Number of persons aged 18 years and older who report that they never or are unable to do light or moderate physical activity for at least 10 minutes and that they never or are unable to do vigorous physical activity for at least 10 minutes
Denominator
Number of persons aged 18 years and older
Questions Used to Obtain the National Baseline Data

From the 2008 National Health Interview Survey:

[NUMERATOR:]

The next questions are about physical activities (exercise, sports, physically active hobbies...) that you may do in your LEISURE time.

How often do you do VIGOROUS LEISURE-TIME physical activities for AT LEAST 10 MINUTES that cause HEAVY sweating or LARGE increases in breathing or heart rate?

Read if necessary: How many times per day, per week, per month, or per year do you do these activities?

  • Never
  • Unable to do this type activity
  • _____ times per day/week/month/year

About how long do you do these vigorous leisure-time physical activities each time?

  • _____ minutes/hours

How often do you do LIGHT OR MODERATE LEISURE-TIME physical activities for AT LEAST 10 MINUTES that cause ONLY LIGHT sweating or a SLIGHT to MODERATE increase in breathing or heart rate?

If necessary, prompt with: How many times per day, per week, per month, or per year do you do these activities?

  • Never
  • Unable to do this type activity
  • _____ times per day/week/month/year

About how long do you do these light or moderate leisure-time physical activities each time?

  • _____ minutes/hours
Data Collection Frequency
Annual
Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective
Retained from HP2010 objective
Methodology Notes

Adults are classified as not engaging in leisure time physical activity if they answer “never” or “Unable to do this type of activity” to both the vigorous and moderate physical activity questions. Responses of “over 28 times per week” to either vigorous or moderate or both sets of questions were eliminated from the denominator.

Age Adjustment

This Indicator uses Age-Adjustment Groups:

  • Total: 18-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-64, 65+
  • Sex: 18-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-64, 65+
  • Race/Ethnicity: 18-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-64, 65+
  • Educational Attainment: 25-34, 35-44, 45-64, 65+
  • Family Income: 18-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-64, 65+
  • Family Type: 18-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-64, 65+
  • Country of Birth: 18-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-64, 65+
  • Disability Status: 18-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-64, 65+
  • Geographic Location: 18-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-64, 65+
  • Health Insurance Status: 18-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-64
  • Marital Status: 18-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-64, 65+

References

Additional resources about the objective.

  1. 1. Chong, Y.; Klein, R.; Plepys, C.; et al. Operational definitions for year 2000 objectives: Priority area 1, Physical Activity and Fitness. Healthy People 2000 Statistical Notes, No. 18. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics, 1998.
  2. 2. Klein, R.J.; Proctor, S.E.; Boudreault, M.A.; Turczyn, K.M. Healthy People 2010 Criteria for Data Suppression. Statistical Notes No. 24. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2002.