disparities: Robyn Spann leads an outdoor yoga class at Chautauqua Park in Boulder, Colorado. Colorado is ranked as one of the healthiest states in the United States, yet more than half the state’s residents are overweight or obese.
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‘amazing virtues’: Some experts believe the uptick in exercise is likely eventually to deliver significant health benefits. “Exercise has amazing virtues,” said Georges C. Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association.
by the numbers
66%+ U.S. counties in which men and women became more physically active in the past decade
59.2% California women who got enough weekly exercise during that time, up from 50.7% (men’s activity grew less, from 59.4% to 61.3%)
33%+ U.S. adults who are obese
17% U.S. children who are obese
No. 1 rank of poor diet as a factor contributing to the nation’s poor health compared to other industrialized nations