Access to exercise opportunities*


Updated 3/24/19 – *Note that this measure is also a physical determinant of health

The County Health Rankings measure adequate access to locations for physical activity. The built environment encourages physical activity when we live closer to sidewalks, parks, and recreational facilities. Lack of physical activity is associated with obesity, chronic diseases, and premature death.

Notes:

  • Data measures are lagged (2014 rankings used 2010 census & 2012 data; 2015 rankings 2013 data; 2016 rankings 2014 data; 2017 rankings 2015 data; 2018 rankings 2016 data; 2019 rankings used data from 2010 & 2018)

  • 2017 rankings changed to the percentage of population with adequate access to locations for physical activity

  • 2018 rankings changed the measure to the percentage of individuals in a county who live reasonably close to a location for physical activity (individuals who reside in a census block within a half mile of a park, or in urban census blocks reside within one mile of a recreational facility, or in rural census block reside within three miles of a recreational facility are considered to have adequate access for opportunities for physical activity)

  • 2019 rankings measure the percentage of individuals in a county who live reasonably close to a location for physical activity (parks or recreational facilities) if they:
    • reside in a census block that is within a half mile of a park
    • reside in an urban census block that is within one mile of a recreational facility
    • reside in a rural census block that is within three miles of a recreational facility

Source:

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, County Health Rankings

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