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).