Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
During the past month, did you participate in any physical activities?

When I went to the C.D.C, webpage, I had no idea what topics I would find and what if any would interest me. Since I was born in Texas, I elected to try and find out something about my home state. I must confess I had a pre-conceived notion about the outcome of the data and the findings to be presented. Since there was not any current data for my topic of interest, I had to choose 2008. As the subtitle indicates, my Prevalence and Trends Data pertained to physical activity and if people surveyed in the past month participated in any. The data I am presenting was classified by education. It was my unsubstantiated and biased opinion that people who have a higher degree of education would be more inclined to take their health more seriously thus exercising routinely. Based on the data and evidence provided by the website from (BRFSS), my inclination was correct. The data looks like this -
Education: |   | Yes | No |
Less than H.S. | %
n | 56.2
845 | 43.8
800 |
H.S. or G.E.D. | %
n | 67.4
1669 | 32.6
999 |
Some post-H.S. | %
n | 73.7
2000 | 26.3
828 |
College graduate | %
n | 82.4
2864 | 17.6
652 |
% = Percentage, CI = Confidence Interval, n = Cell Size
Percentages are weighted to population characteristics.

Use caution in interpreting cell sizes less than 50.

N/A = Not available if the unweighted sample size for the
denominator was < 50 or the CI half width was > 10 for any
cell, or if the state did not collect data for that calendar year.


The statistics substantiate that people exercised more frequently as they became more educated. There is a definite relationship between people who...

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