[Vision2020] The Laziest City in Each State

Kenneth Marcy kmmos1 at frontier.com
Mon Nov 23 12:15:41 PST 2015

On 11/23/2015 11:26 AM, Andy Boyd wrote:
> How is exercise/physical activity defined.  As I see it exercise is 
> different than physical activity.

That's a good point.  Sustaining an elevated heart rate and burning 
calories more rapidly than usual on a regular basis may not accurately 
describe what happens during employment hours.

Here's the paragraph describing the procedure the 24/7 Wall St. article 
writers used:

To identify the laziest city in every state, 24/7 Wall St. analyzed the 
level of physical activity in each metro area in all 50 states. We 
reviewed the percentage of adults in every metro area who report 
engaging in no physical activity during their leisure time, with data 
from County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, a collaboration between the 
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin 
Population Health Institute. Obesity rate and days feeling physically 
unhealthy over a 30-day period also came from County Health Rankings & 
Roadmaps. Educational attainment, median household income, and 
population data came from the American Community Survey.

Here's a link to the CHR&R site: http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/


> Andy Boyd
> *From:*vision2020-bounces at moscow.com 
> [mailto:vision2020-bounces at moscow.com] *On Behalf Of *Saundra Lund
> *Sent:* Monday, November 23, 2015 11:02 AM
> *To:* vision2020 at moscow.com
> *Subject:* Re: [Vision2020] The Laziest City in Each State
> Wasn’t Lewiston also the drunkest city (but less likely to drive under 
> the influence) in Idaho?
> If so, perhaps the lack of exercise (I’ll not call it laziness because 
> it’s possible to be physically active without exercising . . . 
> difficult but possible) is a good thing because exercising while 
> drinking doesn’t seem like a good combo to me.
> Saundra
> Moscow, ID
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> *From:*vision2020-bounces at moscow.com 
> <mailto:vision2020-bounces at moscow.com> 
> [mailto:vision2020-bounces at moscow.com] *On Behalf Of *Kenneth Marcy
> *Sent:* Monday, November 23, 2015 10:40 AM
> *To:* vision2020 at moscow.com <mailto:vision2020 at moscow.com>
> *Subject:* [Vision2020] The Laziest City in Each State
> Americans appear to be exercising more and more every year. When 
> surveyed about their exercise habits, 73% of Americans reported they 
> engaged in physical activity during their leisure time. Of course, 
> exercise habits vary widely from state to state, and even more so from 
> city to city. In Beckley, the laziest city in West Virginia, just 
> 64.0% of residents report regular physical activity. Meanwhile in 
> Burlington, the laziest city in Vermont, 83.6% of residents exercise 
> regularly.
> Exercise is an important determinant of overall health. Mississippi — 
> the state where residents report the lowest levels of physical 
> activity — also has the highest obesity rate. The situation is 
> reversed in Colorado, where the highest level of physical activity 
> coincides with the lowest obesity rate in the country.
> *http://tinyurl.com/prqoue7 *
> *12. Idaho**
> *> Laziest city:** Lewiston
> *> Pct. of city residents reporting physical activity:* 77.7%
> *> Pct. of state residents reporting physical activity:* 80.5%
> *> Obesity rate:* 30.7%
> *> City population:* 60,884
> In Idaho, more than four out of five residents report regular physical 
> activity, a far higher share than the 73.0% of Americans who do, and 
> the ninth highest of any state. While Lewiston adults exercise less 
> than Idaho as a whole, they are still more active than Americans 
> overall, with 77.7% of residents getting regular physical activity.
> Populations that exercise less tend to be in worse physical health, 
> and Lewiston is no exception. Of all adults in the metro area, 30.7% 
> are obese, significantly higher than Idaho’s 27.3% obesity rate. 
> Residents in areas with higher levels of education tend to exercise 
> more, and vice versa. In Lewiston, just 21.3% of adults have at least 
> a bachelor’s degree, the lowest share in the state.
> *Ken*
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