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Adults who lived with children were more likely than those without children 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.

  • Adults in a household with children were more likely to meet physical activity standards than those who didn’t live with children.
  • Adults in a couple relationship were more likely to meet standards than those without a partner.