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OA-6 Increase the proportion of older adults with reduced physical or cognitive function who engage in light, moderate, or vigorous leisure-time physical activities

About the Data

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

Data Source: 
National Health Interview Survey
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch: 
Yes
Measure: 
percent
Baseline (Year): 
32.6 (2008)
Target: 
35.9
Target-Setting Method: 
10 percent improvement
Numerator: 

Number of persons aged 65 years and over with reduced physical or cognitive function who engage in light, moderate, or vigorous leisure-time physical activities

Denominator: 

Number of persons aged 65 years and over with reduced physical or cognitive function

Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective: 
Not applicable
Questions Used to Obtain the National Baseline Data: 

    From the 2008 National Health Interview Survey:

    [NUMERATOR:]

    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?

    1. Never
    2. Unable to do this type activity
    3. _____ times per day/week/month/year
    4. Refused
    5. Not ascertained
    6. Don't know

    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?

    1. Never
    2. Unable to do this type activity
    3. _____ times per day/week/month/year
    4. Refused
    5. Not ascertained
    6. Don't know

    [NUMERATOR AND DENOMINATOR:]

    ]

    {Are/Is} [* Read names below] limited in the kind or amount of play activities {he/she/they} can do because of a physical, mental, or emotional problem?

    1. Yes
    2. No
    3. Refused
    4. Not ascertained
    5. Don't know

    Do any of the following family members, [* Read names below] receive Special Educational or Early Intervention Services?

    1. Yes
    2. No
    3. Refused
    4. Not ascertained
    5. Don't know

    Because of a physical, mental, or emotional problem, {do you/does anyone in the family} need the help of other persons with PERSONAL CARE NEEDS, such as eating, bathing, dressing, or getting around inside this home?

    1. Yes
    2. No
    3. Refused
    4. Not ascertained
    5. Don't know

    Because of a physical, mental, or emotional problem, do {you/any of these family members [* Read named below] need the help of other persons in handling ROUTINE NEEDS, such as everyday household chores, doing necessary business, shopping, or getting around for other purposes?

    1. Yes
    2. No
    3. Refused
    4. Not ascertained
    5. Don't know

    Does a physical, mental, or emotional problem NOW keep {you/any of these family members} from working at a job or business?

    1. Yes
    2. No
    3. Refused
    4. Not ascertained
    5. Don't know

    {Are you limited in the kind OR amount of work you/Are any of these family members limited in the kind OR amount of work they} can do because of a physical, mental or emotional problem?

    1. Yes
    2. No
    3. Refused
    4. Not ascertained
    5. Don't know

    Because of a health problem, {do you/does anyone in the family} have difficulty walking without using any special equipment?

    1. Yes
    2. No
    3. Refused
    4. Not ascertained
    5. Don't know

    {Are you/Is anyone in the family} LIMITED IN ANY WAY because of difficulty remembering or because {you/they} experience periods of confusion?

    1. Yes
    2. No
    3. Refused
    4. Not ascertained
    5. Don't know

    Are {you/any family members} LIMITED IN ANY WAY in any activities because of physical, mental or emotional problems?

    1. Limitation previously mentioned
    2. Yes, limited in some other way
    3. Not limited in any way
    4. Refused
    5. Not ascertained
    6. Don't know
Data Collection Frequency: 
Annual
Methodology Notes: 

    Physical activity for those with reduced physical or cognitive function is defined as at least 10 minutes per week of any light, moderate, or vigorous activity.

Trend Issues: 
Beginning with 2018, the American Community Survey questions are no longer available in the NHIS. As a result, tabulated data by disability are discontinued after 2017.

Revision History

Any change to the objective text, baseline, target, target-setting method or data source since the Healthy People 2020 launch.

Description of Changes Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch: 
In 2012, the original baseline was revised from 33.7 to 32.6 due to a change in programming. The target was adjusted from 37.1 to 35.9 to reflect the revised baseline using the original target-setting method.