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Increase Physical Activity

Regular exercise is one of the most important things we can do throughout our life to remain healthy. Physical activity can prevent many of the health problems that may occur as we age. Without regular physical activity, the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and premature death is increased. Other benefits that result from physical activity include improved balance and coordination, an increase in bone density and a reduction in falls. Physical activity has also been shown to decrease depression and assist in the management of chronic disease.  

According to the United Health Foundation, America’s Health Rankings Senior Report 2016, Oklahoma is ranked at number 49 in the nation for physical inactivity in adults aged 65 and over. Approximately 39.8% of seniors in Oklahoma are physically inactive.  

GOAL: Increase the percent of older adults who participated in a physical activity (running, walking, gardening, golfing, or calisthenics) in the last 30 days from 57.7% in 2015 to 66.9% by 2019.

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