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Among King County adults, Blacks, Hispanics, and Asians were less likely than Whites to meet physical activity standards. 

Regular physical activity helps control weight, strengthen bones and muscles, and boost mental health and academic performance. It also reduces the risks of many chronic illnesses. Federal guidelines recommend at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity exercise for adults; and at least an hour of exercise each day for children and teens.

Applying 2008 physical activity guidelines for adults in the United States, Communities Count averaged 2 years of survey data (2007 and 2009) on King County adults. Note: the new guidelines differ from those used in earlier Communities Count reports.

  • Young adults (18 to 24 years) were more likely than all other age groups to meet physical activity standards.
  • 7 in 10 Whites met physical activity standards, a rate significantly higher than that for Blacks, Asians, or Hispanics, but not different from the rates for Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders, multiple-race individuals, and American Indian/Alaska Natives.
  • Females were less likely than males to meet the physical activity standards.
  • Among Hispanics, those who completed the survey in Spanish were less likely to meet recommended levels of physical activity than those who completed the survey in English.