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Seattle adults were more likely than South Region adults 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.

  • 69% of King County adults met the recommended level of physical activity.
  • Location matters: Seattle residents were most likely, and South Region residents were least likely to meet physical activity standards.
  • 2010 couch potato comparisons: percent reporting no physical activity in previous month (data not charted):
    • 16% in King County
    • 18% in Washington State
    • 24% in U.S.A.