How Fit is Your State? New Numbers from the CDC

San Diego citizens out and moving ...

The CDC has released its latest report ranking the fittest and most sedentary states.  For states struggling with high obesity numbers, you guessed it; there's a tendency to move less, too. Look below to see how your state ranks ... The U.S. national average is 64.5% are physically active, 43.5% are highly active, and 25.4% are sedentary. Physically active is defined as achieving 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity weekly.  Highly physically active is over 300 minutes weekly, and sedentary is defined as those who participate in zero (yes, zero) leisure activity. Top 10 Most Fit States (% Highly Active)
  • Montana 52.2%
  • Hawaii 51.4%
  • Wyoming 51.1%
  • Vermont 50.9%
  • Alaska 50.7%
  • Idaho 50.3%
  • Maine 49.8%
  • Utah 49.7%
  • New Hampshire 49.3%
  • Oregon 49.2%
What's interesting for me is that eight of the above ten states are known for snowy winters.  I guess bad weather isn't a good excuse ... Top 10 Least Fit States (% Sedentary)
  • Mississippi 32.4%
  • Oklahoma 31%
  • West Virginia 30.5%
  • Kentucky 30.1%
  • Louisiana 29.8%
  • Alabama 29.3%
  • Arkansas 29.2%
  • Texas 28.8%
  • Illinois 28%
  • Nevada 27.6%
A lot of these states are in the obesity belt of the south and have ranked notoriously low for years. For the full list of where your state ranks, go to page 12 of this report.  My state, Massachusetts, is 17th for highly active (46.2%) and 42nd for sedentary (21.8%). What do you think about the rankings?  Do you think knowing will be the spark a person needs to start moving?  Or are these numbers better served to embarrass politicians into enacting policies which help promote healthy living?  Do you feel like you could reach out in your community to get people exercising? Let us know what you think!  For more information, look at last summer's "How Fat is Your State," another annual ranking of health in the U.S. Lisa

About Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson here. I've been a personal trainer since 1997, a Pilates instructor since 1998 and the owner of Modern Pilates since 1999. I'm hoping to give you some good ideas to get or stay in shape with a healthy dose of humor and reality. Thanks for joining me.

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3 Responses to How Fit is Your State? New Numbers from the CDC

  1. Lisa February 28, 2011 at 2:35 pm #

    I’m surprised that Oregon isn’t higher on the list. Everything about Oregon screams outdoor activities. Biking, hiking, running, camping, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing…there are so many different ways to enjoy the outdoors and stay fit year round!

  2. Lisa Johnson February 28, 2011 at 9:43 pm #

    My impression of Oregon when I traveled there was that the coast was uber active and the interior not so much … L —

  3. Jackie February 25, 2013 at 12:06 am #

    I love living in Utah because there are so many ways to stay active! Skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, etc are great in the winter and during the summer there’s hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, and running! I’m not surprised at all that it’s in the top 10 but I’m a little shocked it isn’t higher! It seems like there is so much to do right outside, but that there are a lot of people who just don’t take advantage of all Utah has to offer.

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