Physically Inactive Adults

Physically Inactive Adults

What does this measure?

The percentage of adults who did not participate in any physical activity in the past month, 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 our county performing?

In 2017, 23% of Erie County residents had been physically inactive in the past month. This percentage was slightly lower than Pennsylvania (25%) and the U.S. (26%). From 2011 to 2017, the county rate decreased 5 percentage points. Both the state and national rates fluctuated between 2011 and 2017, with the state ending with an overall rate that was 1 percentage point lower, and the nation seeing no overall change from 2011.

How do we compare to similar counties?

Erie's share of people who were physically inactive was lower than Luzerne County, PA (27%) in 2015, and Broome County, NY (28%) in 2014. Erie's share was similar to that of Stark County, OH (28%) in 2011. These comparisons are based on the most recent years for which comparison data were available.

Notes about the data

State- and county-level data are from state health departments. All Erie County data from after 2015 are from the Erie County Department of Health. The data come from a survey designed to collect scientific data on health risks and behaviors.

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. Therefore, data prior to 2011 is not displayed.

Physically Inactive Adults
United States26%23%25%23%26%23%26%
Broome County, NY28%
Stark County, OH29%24%
Erie County, PA28%24%22%23%
Luzerne County, PA26%27%30%

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Pennsylvania Department of Health, New York State Department of Health, Ohio State Department of Health, Erie county Department of Health
Notes: Luzerne county numbers are 3 year average of adjacent years

Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Establishments Maintaining
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Employees Increasing
Tourism Spending Maintaining
Median Age Increasing
Population by Age Not Applicable
Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Total Population Decreasing
Foreign Born Population Increasing
Household Types Not Applicable
Average Household Size Maintaining
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Median Household Income Maintaining
Public Assistance Maintaining
Change in Average Salary Decreasing
Unemployment Rate Increasing
Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Employment by Sector Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty by Education Level Not Applicable
Homeownership Rates Decreasing
Homeownership Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Maintaining
Median Rent Maintaining
Student Performance in Grade 3 Reading Increasing
Student Performance in Grade 3 Math Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Maintaining
Per Student Spending Maintaining
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Education Level of Adults Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Air Quality Increasing
Water Quality Maintaining
Recycling Tons Per Capita Maintaining
Solid Waste Per Capita Maintaining
Vehicles by Fuel Type Not Applicable
Mortality Rate Decreasing
Death from Heart Disease Decreasing
Death from Cancer Decreasing
Death from Stroke Decreasing
Death from Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease Increasing
Hypertension Prevalance Increasing
Diabetes Prevalence Increasing
Asthma Increasing
People Without Healthcare Coverage Decreasing
People Without a Primary Care Physician Increasing
Routine Checkups Increasing
People Who Cannot Afford Healthcare Decreasing
Adults Who are Overweight or Obese Increasing
Children Who are Overweight or Obese Increasing
Teens Who are Overweight or Obese Increasing
Adult Smokers Decreasing
Physically Inactive Adults Decreasing
Binge Drinking Maintaining
Infant Mortality Decreasing
Low Birth Weight Babies Not Applicable
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Non Smoking During Pregnancy Increasing
Early Prenatal Care Increasing