Portrait of a Woman

By: Melissa Moore
Thursday, April 30, 2015
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Take a glimpse at some key statistics related to women’s health.

Women and Physical Activity

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reports that only 16.6 percent of women meet exercise requirements for peak health, compared with 24 percent of men. Only 19.8 percent of women get enough strength-training exercise, whereas 43.9 percent get the recommended levels of aerobic exercise.

HHS found that women with a college degree were roughly twice as likely as those without a high school diploma to get adequate aerobic activity. They were about four times as likely to get enough muscle-strengthening exercise. Non-Hispanic white women and non-Hispanic women of multiple races typically were more apt to meet exercise guidelines than were women of other races.

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