The September 15, 2016 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) features 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 percent) are inactive. Other key findings include:
•More adults with at least one chronic disease, like arthritis, were inactive (31.9 %) compared to adults with no chronic disease (19.2%).
•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 non-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.
•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%).
•By states and the District of Columbia, the percentage of inactivity ranged from 17.9% in Colorado to 38.8% in Arkansas.
To assist partners with the distribution of the key messages, the Division created a Communications Toolkit containing social media messages, graphics, and images to help reach a variety of audiences who might benefit from the information.