|Hot Spring County||33%|
|Little River County||36%|
|St. Francis County||42%|
|Van Buren County||40%|
What does this measure?
The percentage of adults who did not engage in leisure-time physical activity within the past 30 days, such as running, calisthenics, golf, gardening, or walking, as reported through a national survey.
Why is this important?
Active adults are likely to be healthier than their inactive counterparts, leading to a higher quality of life and lower long-term health costs. Exercise can control weight, improve physical strength and mental health, and reduce risk for cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancers.
How is Arkansas doing?
In 2016, 33% of adults were not active, up 2 percentage points from 2011 and 10 points higher than the national rate. Arkansas is 51st in the nation on this indicator (including the 50 states and Washington D.C.). Women were less active (35%) than men (29%) and black, non-Hispanic adults (37%) less active than white, non-Hispanics (32%) and Hispanics (29%).
Within Arkansas, seven counties had inactivity rates above 40%: Calhoun, Phillips, Crittenden, Pike, Cleveland, St. Francis and Monroe. The most active counties had rates around 25%: Miller, Greene, Washington, Craighead and Benton.
Notes about the data
National data comes from a federal government survey designed to collect scientific data on health risks and behaviors.
Notes: Rates are not age adjusted
|American Indian or Alaskan Native, non-Hispanic||Black, non-Hispanic||Hispanic||Multiracial, non-Hispanic||White, non-Hispanic|
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