Healthy Behaviors
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The evidence is clear—physical activity fosters normal growth and development, can reduce the risk of various chronic diseases, and can make people feel better, function better, and sleep better. Some health benefits start immediately after activity, and even short bouts of physical activity are beneficial. The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd edition, outlines the amounts and types of physical activity needed to maintain or improve overall health and reduce the risk of chronic disease. It also highlights individual and community-level strategies that can make being physically active easier in the places where people live, learn, work, and play. (Source: CDC)

How many residents walk or bike to work?

How walkable are census tracts in your county?

Walkability depends upon characteristics of the built environment that influence the likelihood of walking being used as a mode of travel. The Walkability Index is based on the EPA's previous data product, the Smart Location Database. 

How many residents are obese?

Data from the CDC's Diabetes division shows county-level obesity prevalence. Compare your county to neighbors and track trends over time. 

State-level Health Behaviors 

Additional data from the CDC's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) indicate how common healthy and unhealthy behaviors are among state residents. Use this data to provide context for your local community's health picture, or supplement with your own local survey data. The "no activity" indicator is from the 2018 BRFSS survey; the other indicators are from the 2017 survey. 

No Physical Activity in Past Month

Eat Fruit < Once per Day

Eat Vegetables < Once per Day

About the Data

• Means of transportation data is from the American Community Survey, Table S0801.

• The Walkability Index raw data is available here, via The raw data is only available for census block groups. The census-tract-level index scores were derived by calculating a mean of the constituent block group values weighted by area.

• Obesity prevalence data at the county level is from the CDC's diabetes division.

• State-level health behavior data shown in the donut charts is from the CDC's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.