Community Health Assessment: About Physical Activity and Fitness Data

Physical Activity And Fitness


State Level Indicators

Data Source: BRFSS

  • Percent Population 18+ Not Participating in Leisure Time Physical Activity
  • Percent Population 18+ Overweight/Obese

Data Source: NYS Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance System – PedNSS)

  • Percent of children ages 2-4 enrolled in WIC who viewed TV ≤2 hours per day

Overweight and Activity Levels (NYS Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System-BRFSS)
All data relates to adults 18 years of age or older participating in a liesuretime activity. The BRFSS is a telephone based survey that collects information on self-reported health related behaviors. The following are definitions that will be helpful in interpreting the information related to these indicators:
  • A designation of Overweight/Obese is derived from the Body Mass Index (BMI), which is computed as weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared:(weight/height**2). Overweight is defined as a BMI between 25 and 29; Obese is defined as a BMI of 30 or more.
  • Leisure Time Activity includes respondents who reported participating in physical activities or exercises such as running, calisthenics, golf, gardening or walking for exercise during the past month, other than at their regular job.

For more information, contact the BRFSS Coordinator at (518)473-0673.

Children ages 2-4 enrolled in WIC who Viewed TV<=2 hours per day (PedNSS)
The percent of children ages 2-4 enrolled in WIC who watched TV for two hours or less per day. Data are from the Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance System. This data system in the Division of Nutrition provides nutrition related information on low-income infants and children enrolled in the WIC Program. For more WIC data on birth weight, short stature, underweight, overweight, anemia, breastfeeding, smoking in household, and TV viewing, see: NYS PedNSS reports.

For more information, contact Lynn Edmunds, at (518) 402-7306