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No Moving Quickly In The Land Of Dixie — Dave’s Diary

Just because you lost the Civil War it doesn’t mean you don’t have to exercise!  What’s up with the South anyway? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report yesterday showing that 25 percent of Americans say they don’t do any voluntary exercise at all and most of them are from Southern states.

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The research was meant to show how some states are more active than others, and the 10 states with the highest percentage of people who don’t exercise at all were:

  • Mississippi: 36%
  • Tennessee: 35.1%
  • West Virginia: 35.1%
  • Louisiana: 33.8%
  • Alabama: 32.6%
  • Oklahoma: 31.2%
  • Arkansas: 30.9%
  • Kentucky: 29.3%
  • Indiana: 29.2%
  • Missouri: 28.4%

The CDC’s report suggests things states can do to encourage physical activity, including: creating or enhancing access to safe places for physical activity; enhancing physical education and physical activity in schools and child care; and supporting street- and community-scale design policy

About half the respondents said they meet the CDC’s guideline of 150 minutes of weekly aerobic activity.

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