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According to studies performed by the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) and Nemours Health and Prevention Services, nearly two-thirds of Delaware’s population are overweight or obese, which can be attributed to physical inactivity and poor diet.1, 2 BRFSS addresses physical-activity indicators through questions of type, duration, and frequency of physical activity performed at work and during leisure time.   The survey showed the following results:

  • 20.4% of Delaware adults met recommendations for moderate physical activity.
  • 13.5% met recommendations for vigorous physical activity.
  • 14% met both recommendations of moderate and vigorous physical activity.
  • 40.9% were active but at levels insufficient to meet any recommendations.
  • 11.2% reported engaging in no physical activity at all.

How to promote a more active community:

Learn more about the benefits of walkable communities as well as guidelines related to increasing walkability among your community members

If you are interested in creating a bikeable community, explore the information on the benefits of bikeability, as well as resources for encouraging this alternative mode of transportation and recreation in your community. 

Explore the physical activity and recreation planning resources to learn more about the benefits of building recreation infrastructure such as trails, shared-use paths, and ball fields to promote healthy activities for community members of all ages.