More reasons why Horizon needs to focus more attention on Wellness, Exercise and Diet. CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Report recently featured a study from the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity on physical inactivity among adults aged 50 and older. The study found that approximately 31 million adults in this age group (28%) are inactive. Inactivity is defined as no physical activity beyond basic movement from daily life activities.
Some key findings were:
- Inactivity was higher for women (29.4%) compared to men (25.5%).
- Inactivity varied by race and ethnicity and was 32.7% for Hispanics, 33.1% for non-Hispanic blacks, 26.2% for Hispanic whites, and 27.1% for other groups.
- Inactivity significantly increased by age groups and was 25.4% for adults 50-64 years, 26.9% for those 65-74 years, and 35.3% for those 75 years and older.
- More adults with at least one chronic disease were inactive (31.9 %) compared to adults with no chronic disease (19.2%).
- By region, inactivity was highest in the South (30.1%) followed by the Midwest (28.4%) and the Northeast (26.6%). Inactivity was lowest in the West (23.1%).
- The percentage of inactivity decreased as education increased, and increased as weight status increased.