Physical Activity in WV

A Few Facts and Stats

According to the 2018 West Virginia Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), more than one-fourth of West Virginia adults (28.5%) did not participate in leisure-time physical activity or exercise, which ranked West Virginia 11th highest in the nation. Physical inactivity was also significantly higher among females than males.

The prevalence of physical inactivity was significantly higher in Grant, Logan, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Webster, and Wyoming counties than the rest of the state. The survey is conducted by telephone and represents a collaborative effort between the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ Health Statistics Center (HSC) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. Standardized survey methods are provided by the CDC. All 50 states, the District of Columbia, and several U.S. territories now participate in the system, known as the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).

WV Physical
Activity Plan

The West Virginia Physical Activity Plan (WVPAP) is a plan developed with the overarching goal of providing strategic direction to increase/maintain healthy physical activity levels of the citizens of WV.

WV Physical Activity Network

The West Virginia Physical Activity Network (WVPAN) assists communities in creating the culture needed to guide West Virginians into a more physically active lifestyle, to improve health and quality of life.