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College graduates were more likely than adults with less education 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.

  • The likelihood of meeting physical activity standards increased with income.
  • As education increased, so did the chance of meeting physical activity standards.
  • Employed adults were most likely to meet physical activity standards; those who were unable to work were least likely to meet the standards.