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Move More

Why move more?

The bottom line is that being physically active is important for good health. More than 60 percent of U.S. adults do not engage in the recommended amount of activity. Tennessee ranks 2nd in the U.S. in adult obesity (32%) and 4th for physical inactivity (29.9%)!


Exercising regularly is one of the most important steps for good health. Being physically active:

  • Controls your weight
  • Helps maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints
  • Reduces the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and some cancers.
  • Improves mental health and mood
  • Increases your chances of living longer

What can I do to move more?


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Trends in Leisure-Time Physical Inactivity by Age, Sex, and Race/Ethnicity — United States, 1994–2004." Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 54(39): 991–994, October 2005.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Data & Statistics | Feature: Physical Inactivity Estimates, by County. (2011, April 25). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved December 4, 2011, from

Troiano R, Berrigan D, Dodd K, et al. "Physical Activity in the United States Measured by Accelerometer." Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 40(1): 181–188, January 2008.

Trust for America's Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. F as in Fat: How obesity threatens America's Future, Washington, DC. June 2010

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Physical Activity and Health: A Report of the Surgeon General. Circulation. 1998; 97: 2099-2100.

Did You Know?

A 150 pound person walking leisurely for 30 minutes every day would burn about 700 calories per week.

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