Physical Activity

Physical activity is one of the best things Virginians can do for their health and well-being. There are benefits for people of all ages, abilities, ethnicites, and health status. In 2018, 22 percent of adults in Virginia did no physical activity in a month. In 2017, 49 percent of Virginians did not exercise the recommended amount per week. There are many easy ways to incorporate physical activity in your daily life.



Physical Activity Recommendations Across the All Age Groups

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Strategies to Achieving Physical Activity

We support increasing physical activity through systems that have a focus on equity and inclusion. These include:

  • providing better walk and bike routes
  • giving access to places for physical activity. This includes parks and trails, universities and schools, recreational facilities and gyms, senior centers and workplaces
  • offering evidence based chronic disease programs that include physical activity. (ex: Walk with Ease program)
  • providing health and wellness programs in schools
  • creating community wide awareness campaign