When It Comes To Physical Activity, Walking Is Top Choice In Southeast Indiana

Posted On November 29, 2017

By Travis Thayer

(Cincinnati, Oh.) – A recent survey shows southeast Indiana adults prefer walking over other physical activities.

As part of the 2017 Community Health Status Survey (CHSS), sponsored by Interact for Health, area adults were asked to name their favorite physical activity.

Walking was mentioned most often by 31 percent of survey takers.

Almost 6 in 10 adults said they walk at least 10 minutes per day. Only 8 percent reported they did not walk at least 10 minutes at a time on any days.

“Being physically active is one of the most important things people can do to improve their health,” said O’dell Moreno Owens, M.D., MPH, President/CEO of Interact for Health. “Walking can be an easy way to increase physical activity, because it does not require any special skills or facilities.”

On the flip side, the survey showed that two in 10 adults sit for at least eight hours a day. Long periods of time spent sitting, even when paired with moderate physical activity can lead to poor health says Dr. Owens.

Overall, 60 percent of adults in the region said they exercise regularly. In southeast Indiana, results were similar, with 62 percent of adults reporting high activity levels.

The 2017 CHSS was conducted by the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Cincinnati for Interact for Health. A total of 4,261 randomly selected adults residing in eight Ohio counties, nine Kentucky counties and five Indiana counties were interviewed over the phone between August of 2016 and March of 2017.

The potential sampling error for the overall survey data is plus or minus 1.5 percent.

The 2017 Community Health Status Survey can be found at www.interactforhealth.org.