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CDC Rolls Out Active People, Healthy Nation Initiative

Sunday, January 19, 2020  
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced a new initiative, "Active People, Healthy Nation," to help 27 million Americans become more physically active by 2027. The initiative uses fives steps to coordinate actions to achieve its goal. The program will support physical activity initiatives through national, state, and local networks. CDC will develop and communicate messages to connect a larger audience with the benefits of active lifestyles, using multiple communications channels. In addition, CDC will enhance national, state, and local data collection systems on physical activity.

According to new state maps of adult physical inactivity prevalence released by CDC yesterday, all states and territories have more than 15% of adults who were physically inactive, a per state estimate that ranged from 17.3 – 47.7%. The maps show wide disparities in physical activity access by race. The new maps are based on combined 2015 – 2018 data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.