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Physical Activity

Physical activity is anything that gets your body moving. The 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommends both heart pumping (aerobic) and muscle-strengthening (anaerobic) physical activity. The guidelines also recommend that: 

  • Children and adolescents should participate in 60 minutes (1 hour) or more of physical activity every day.
  • Adults should participate in at least 150 minutes a week or 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on 5 days of the week for substantial health benefits. 
Physical Activity
New Jersey

New Jersey Data Fact Sheet 
An at-a-glance document for rates of obesity, physical activity, nutrition and breastfeeding in New Jersey (Updated August 2013).

The Status of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity in New Jersey
This surveillance profile documents the progress of ShapingNJ since 2008. The document presents the guiding goals of the project along with key data points and trends to measure New Jersey's progress toward those goals. This also releases new data from the New Jersey Behavioral Risk Factor Survey about environmental factors related to obesity, nutrition and physical activity. View the Data Highlights page here.


Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)
Conducted annually by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this national survey provides state and national level data about several topics, including rates of physical activity and physical inactivity.

National Diabetes Surveillance System
A data collection system administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that annually estimates county-level physical inactivity rates.

Physical Activity Indicator Report
A national and state-level summary report that includes data related to the amount of physical activity children and adults participate in as well as the policies and environmental characteristics that make physical activity easier in communities.

Children and Schools

New Jersey Student Health Survey (NJ SHS) and Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)
The New Jersey Department of Education administers the NJ SHS every other year (odd years) and collects information from high school students about health related behaviors, including the amount of physical activity and screen time students report. The results of the NJ SHS are included in the national reporting for the YRBS when enough students participate in the NJ SHS.

Student Health Policies and Practices Study (SHPPS)
This study is conducted every six years by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and collects state level information about the policies and practices in schools that help kids live active, healthy lifestyles.

School Health Profiles (SHP)
A series of surveys designed to provide state level information about school policies and practices around healthy eating, active living, and tobacco-free schools.