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Adults with No Leisure-time Physical Activity


Adults with No Leisure-time Physical Activity

What does this measure?

The share 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.

How is our county performing?

In 2014-16, 27% of adults in Berks and Schuylkill counties had not engaged in leisure-time physical activity within the past 30 days. This percentage was higher than Pennsylvania (25%) and the nation (24%). The percentage at the state and national levels were relatively flat from 2011-13 to 2014-16.

Berks and Schuylkill counties' percentage of inactive adults in 2014-16 was similar to Carbon, Lehigh, and Northampton counties (26%) and larger than Dauphin and Lebanon (24%), Chester (18%), Lancaster (20%) and Montgomery (19%) counties.

Notes about the data

Data come from a federal government survey designed to collect scientific data on health risks and behaviors. The data reported are for moving three-year averages. Berks and Schuylkill county data is combined by the survey and reported together. Similarly, Dauphin and Lebanon counties and Carbon, Lehigh, and Northampton counties are reported as groups of counties.

Beginning in 2011, the Centers for Disease Control made two changes to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System on which this indicator is based. The survey now includes cell-phone users, and a new statistical method is used to weight responses. As a result, changes from 2010 and years prior to 2011 and later may be a result of those technical changes rather than true trends.

There may be additional research available on this topic. Click on Reports and Resources to learn more.

Adults with No Leisure-time Physical Activity
2011-132012-142013-152014-16
United States25%24%25%24%
Pennsylvania25%24%26%25%
Berks County
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County20%18%
Lancaster County22%20%
Lebanon County
Lehigh County
Montgomery County19%19%
Schuylkill County
Berks, Schuylkill26%27%
Dauphin, Lebanon25%24%
Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton26%26%

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Pennsylvania Department of Health
Notes: Rates are not age adjusted




Number of Adults with No Leisure-time Physical Activity
2011-132012-142013-152014-16
United StatesN/AN/AN/AN/A
PennsylvaniaN/AN/AN/AN/A
Berks County
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester CountyN/AN/A
Lancaster CountyN/AN/A
Lebanon County
Lehigh County
Montgomery CountyN/AN/A
Schuylkill County
Berks, SchuylkillN/AN/A
Dauphin, LebanonN/AN/A
Carbon, Lehigh, NorthamptonN/AN/A

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Pennsylvania Department of Health




INDICATORS TREND | BERKS COUNTY
Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Increasing
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Maintaining
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity Decreasing
Disengaged Youth Maintaining
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Change in Population by Age and Gender Maintaining
Change in Total Population by Race/Ethnicity Increasing
Population by Age and Race/Ethnicity Decreasing
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Language Diversity Increasing
Unemployment Rate Maintaining
Change in Labor Force Decreasing
Employment to Population ratio Maintaining
Change in Jobs by Sector Not Applicable
Sector Share of Total Jobs Not Applicable
Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
Change in Average Salary Since 2000 Increasing
People Entering/Leaving County/Region for Work Increasing
Public Assistance Maintaining
Spending for Local Governments Maintaining
Spending for Counties Maintaining
Spending for School Districts Maintaining
Quality Early Childhood Centers Not Applicable
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Students Eligible for Free/Reduced Price Lunch Increasing
English Language Learners Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Per Student Spending Maintaining
Historically Underperforming Student Performance on Grade 3 English Decreasing
Historically Underperforming Student Performance on Grade 3 Math Increasing
Historically Underperforming Student Performance on Grade 8 English Increasing
Historically Underperforming Student Performance on Grade 8 Math Decreasing
Student Performance on High School English Decreasing
Student Performance on High School Math Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Maintaining
Brain Drain/Gain Increasing
Plans of High School Graduates Increasing
Median Household Income Maintaining
Median Household Income by Household Type Maintaining
Living Wage Maintaining
People Living in Poverty Increasing
Working Poor Maintaining
People Receiving Federal Food Assistance Increasing
People Enrolled in Medicaid Managed Care Increasing
People Without Health Insurance Increasing
Physically Inactive Adults Not Applicable
Adults Who are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Students in 7-12 Overweight or Obese Increasing
Vacant Housing Units Increasing
Homeownership Rates Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Maintaining
Housing Affordability for Homeowners by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Housing Affordability for Renters Increasing
Housing Affordability for Renters, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Age of Housing Stock Decreasing
Single-Family Home Sales Increasing
Median Single-Family Home Sale Price Maintaining
Tourism Spending Maintaining
Voter Registration Rate Decreasing
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Average Charitable Giving Maintaining
Contributions as a Percentage of Income Maintaining
Households With Internet Access Increasing
Dams Not Applicable
Violent Crimes Maintaining
Property Crimes Decreasing
Incarceration Rates Maintaining
Drug Abuse Offenses Increasing
Drug Abuse Arrests Maintaining
Protection from Domestic Abuse Maintaining
Means of Transportation to Work Maintaining
Average Travel Time to Work Increasing
Crashes Involving Alcohol Decreasing
Households Without Vehicles Decreasing