Sunday, February 20, 2011

Medical News: Southerners Move as Slowly as They Speak - in Primary Care, Exercise & Fitness from MedPage Today

By Kristina Fiore, Staff Writer, MedPage Today
Published: February 20, 2011
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Southerners and folks from Appalachia appear to be the biggest couch potatoes in the U.S., according to a CDC report.

In the majority of counties in those regions, more than 29% of adults reported getting no exercise other than physical activity performed for their regular job. When compared with existing maps of other CDC data, counties with the lowest levels of physical activity also had the greatest prevalence of obesity and diabetes.

The new exercise data come from the CDC's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) from 2004-2008, which used self-reported data from state-based adult telephone surveys and 2007 census information. The BRFSS survey asks participants if they do any physical activity or exercise outside the workplace.

However, the agency wanted to paint a larger picture of physical activity in the U.S., and synthesized the survey response numbers with stats and maps showing patterns of obesity and diabetes -- which can be found on a special page on the CDC's website.


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