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PA-2.1 Data Details

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PA-2.1 Increase the proportion of adults who engage in aerobic physical activity of at least moderate intensity for at least 150 minutes/week, or 75 minutes/week of vigorous intensity, or an equivalent combination

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: 
No
Measure: 
percent (age adjusted—see Comments)
Baseline (Year): 
43.5 (2008)
Target: 
47.9
Target-Setting Method: 
10 percent improvement
Numerator: 

Number of persons aged 18 years and over who report light or moderate physical activity for at least 150 minutes per week or who report vigorous physical activity 75 minutes per week or an equivalent combination of moderate and vigorous activity

Denominator: 

Number of persons aged 18 years and over

Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective: 
Adapted from HP2010 objective
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?

    1. Never
    2. Unable to do this type activity
    3. _____ times per day/week/month/year
    4. Refused
    5. Don't know
Data Collection Frequency: 
Annual
Methodology Notes: 

    Adults are classified as meeting the objective if they participate in at least 150 minutes of light or moderate leisure-time activity per week, 75 minutes of vigorous activity, or 150 minutes per week of an equivalent combination of activity. Total minutes per week of light or moderate-intensity activity are calculated by multiplying the times per week adults report participating in light or moderate-intensity activity by the number of minutes reported. Total minutes per week of vigorous-intensity activity are calculated by multiplying the times per week adults report participating in vigorous-intensity activity by the number of minutes reported. To calculate minutes per week for the equivalent combination of moderate and vigorous-intensity activity, minutes per week of light or moderate-intensity activity are added to two times the minutes per week of vigorous-intensity activity.

    If responses meet the criteria for one activity (vigorous or moderate) but the status of the other activity is unknown, the record is included in the numerator and the denominator. If responses do not meet the criteria for one activity and the status of the other activity is unknown, the record is dropped from the analysis.

    Age Adjustment Notes: 

    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 (percent poverty threshold): 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+
    • Sexual Orientation: 18-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-64, 65+
Caveats and Limitations: 
Since the Numerator questions focus on leisure-time physical activities only, these data may not include physical activity by people whose jobs require regular or vigorous physical 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.
Changes Between HP2010 and HP2020: 
This objective differs from Healthy People 2010 objective 22-2 in that the objective has been modified to reflect the 2008 Federal Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. The data for the Healthy People 2010 and 2020 objectives are not comparable.