Healthy behaviors—such as exercising and eating a nutritious diet—can go along way toward improving public health among Maryland residents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), physical activity can reduce the risk of chronic disease and improve people's ability sleep, work, and overall well-being. This report highlights opportunities to increase healthy behaviors in Maryland with data on walkability, exercise, and diet.
How many Maryland residents walk or bike to work?
Walking or biking to work instead of driving can be a great way for Maryland residents to get more physical activity. Even a modest amount of physical activity from walking can improve health outcomes.
How many Maryland residents did not meet guidelines for aerobic and muscle-strengthening exercises?
The guidelines for adults, published in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' "Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans" and most recently updated in 2018, are as follows:
• At least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) a week of moderate-intensity, or 75 minutes (1 hour and 15 minutes) a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity, or an equivalent combination.
• Muscle-strengthening activities of moderate or greater intensity and that involve all major muscle groups on 2 or more days a week.
How many Maryland residents did not participate in any physical activities during the past month?
These charts show the percent of Maryland residents who reported not engaging in any leisure-time physical activity in the month prior to the survey.
How many Maryland residents do not eat daily servings of fruit or vegetables?
About the Data
• Means of transportation data is from the American Community Survey (ACS), table S0801. This report uses the Census Bureau Data API but is not endorsed or certified by the Census Bureau.
• State-level health behavior data—exercise, physical activity, and fruit/vegetable consumption—is from the CDC's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.