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.