In a 2013 study by the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, researchers defined regular exercise as exercising 3 or more days each week for at least 30 minutes.
The states reporting the most exercise were:
The states reporting the lowest levels of exercise were:
West Virginia (47.1%)
Which States Eat the Healthiest?
In the same study, healthy eating habits were defined as eating 5 or more servings of vegetables on 4 or more days each week.
The states that reported the healthiest eating habits were:
The states reporting the lowest amount of healthy eating were:
America and Health: Did You Know?
Only 1 in 3 children are physically active each day and only 1 in 3 adults receive the recommended amount of physical activity each week.
More than 23 million Americans live in food deserts – areas that are over a mile away from a supermarket, leaving residents to shop at connivence stores with poorer food choices and few (if any) options for fruits and vegetables.
Since the 1970s, the number of fast food restaurants has more than doubled.
About 90% of Americans eat more sodium than is recommended for a healthy diet.
Projections suggest that by 2030, half of all adults (115 million adults) in the US will be obese.
The US percentage of food-insecure households, which are defined as household with limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways, rose from 11% to 15% between 2005 and 2009.
So let's get active, let's work to provide access to healthy foods regardless of your household budget. Let's cook at home more, let's cut out the sodas and pre-packaged foods. Let's talk a walk before dinner, let's play outside with our kids, our friends, our neighbors. Let's turn the state of our country around and have this generation live longer and healthier than the past.