Active People, Healthy CharlotteSM

The Centers for Diesase Control and Prevention (CDC) invites the general public, organizations, and leaders to join Active People, Healthy NationSM. This multisector initiative aims to help 27 million Americans become more active by 2027 through scientifically- credible strategies that work. The initiative is based on a foundation of inclusion and health equity where physical activity is a universal social norm regardless of age, race, income, socio-economic status, disability status, and geographic location. To find out more information about Active People, Healthy NationSM, click here.

To learn more about how you can become part of the Active People, Healthy Nation movementSM, click here.

  • More than 15% of adults in every state are inactive.
  • In the majority of locations examined, non-Hispanic blacks and Hispanics had a significantly higher prevalence of inactivity than non-Hispanic whites.
  • By region, the South had the highest prevalence of physical inactivity (28%), followed by the Northeast (25.6%), Midwest (25.0%), and the West (20.5%).
  • In seven states and two territories (Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Tennessee, Puerto Rico, and Guam), 30% or more of adults were physically inactive.
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Benefits of physical activity:

  • Being physically active is one of the most important actions that people of all ages can take to improve their health. 
  • Increased physical activity can reduce the risk of more than 20 chronic diseases and conditions including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, some types of cancer, and depression.  
  • Some health benefits start immediately after activity, and even short episodes of physical activity are beneficial. Physical activity can boost your mood, sharpen your focus, reduce stress, and improve sleep.
  • Regular physical activity can also help manage weight.