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Percentage of U.S. Adults Engaging in Leisure Time, Transportation-Related, and Household-Related Physical Activity, 2003

CharacteristicPersons who meet
recommended activity1
Persons not meeting
recommended activity2
Persons who are
physically inactive3
Total46.0%54.0%24.3%
 Male48.251.822.0
 Female44.056.026.3
 White, non-Hispanic49.051.020.9
 Black, non-Hispanic36.363.732.7
 Hispanic37.562.536.0
 Other43.556.525.2
Males:   
 18 to 29 years old 57.842.217.1
 30 to 44 years old48.751.320.7
 45 to 64 years old43.256.824.4
 65 to 74 years old45.754.324.9
 75 years old and over36.763.331.0
Females:   
 18 to 29 years old50.149.921.9
 30 to 44 years old47.752.323.4
 45 to 64 years old42.657.426.7
 65 to 74 years old37.162.931.2
 75 years old and over27.672.442.0
School years completed:   
 Less than 12 years33.866.245.7
 12 years43.156.930.5
 Some college (13 to 15 years)47.552.521.0
 College (16 or more years)51.948.113.1
Household income:   
 Less than $10,00034.765.342.2
 $10,000 to $19,99937.063.038.9
 $20,000 to $34,99943.656.429.4
 $35,000 to $49,99947.352.721.9
 $50,000 and over53.646.413.6
1. Recommended activity is physical activity at least 5 times/week x 30 minutes/time or vigorous physical activity for 20 minutes at a time at least 3 times/week.
2. Persons whose reported physical activity does not meet recommended level or report no leisure-time, transportation-related, or household-related physical activity.
3. Persons with no reported physical activity.
Source: U.S. National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, “Nutrition and Physical Activity,” and unpublished data. From Statistical Abstract of the United States, 2006.

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