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Physical Inactivity in NYC

posted Mar 21, 2011, 7:48 PM by M Srini   [ updated Mar 21, 2011, 8:52 PM ]
Almost a month ago, there was this article from usa today that I chanced upon.  This was a summary of the report by Center for Disease Control and Prevention that looked at the level of physical inactivity from county to county in the US.  The report found that the counties in the South were the least active.  Colorado with its mountains (and open space) was the most.  Less surprise here.

Curious to see how the boroughs of NYC compared against each other, here is the link of the condensed table.

Manhattan (at 19%) is the least physically inactive.  No surprises?  Manhattan is not as spacious and filled with mountains like Colorado.  Is it the tendency of the rich and well educated to be physically active?  Something to ponder.

On the other hand, all the other four boroughs perform abysmally.  Bronx and Brooklyn (Kings County) take the last 2 spots.  These counties are much more spacious than Manhattan (and hence less densely populated).  My theory is that geography probably has limited influence on the level of physical activity.  The level of physical activity of a region has more do with the level of education, income and culture of the group in that location.

I hope the insurance companies are tweaking their models (Is it legal?) using this data.  Now, I can use this as an argument to convince my friends not to move out of Manhattan as they might have to pay higher premiums.  Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that Westchester county on the other hand has almost similar numbers (at 19.8%) as Manhattan.  If you really want to move out of Manhattan, move to Westchester.

For more data, check out the CDC website.  And maps visualization here (click on the pin for data):