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Table 44. Percentage distribution of periods of vigorous physical activity per week among persons ages 18 to 24, by selected characteristics: 1999 and 2008
 
Characteristic Frequency of vigorous physical activity per week1  
Never   Less than 1   1–2   3–4   5 or more  
1999   2008   1999   2008   1999   2008   1999   2008   1999   2008  
Total 44.9   44.2   3.2   4.8   19.1   18.9   16.8   17.3   16.0   14.8  
                                         
Sex                                        
Male 35.0   36.1   3.4   5.7   21.1   19.4   20.2   19.2   20.4   19.6  
Female 54.7   52.3   3.0   3.9   17.2   18.3   13.4   15.5   11.7   10.0  
                                         
Age                                        
18–21 42.9   42.9   2.5   4.4   20.5   18.5   16.9   18.4   17.1   15.8  
22–24 47.4   45.9   4.1   5.4   17.3   19.3   16.6   15.9   14.6   13.5  
                                         
Race/ethnicity                                        
White 39.9   38.3   3.1   5.4   21.3   21.1   17.8   19.6   17.9   15.5  
Black 56.2   55.8   4.2 ! 5.0   14.7   11.9   12.7   13.5   12.3   13.9  
Hispanic 55.8   55.9   2.2   2.9   13.6   14.5   15.2   13.7   13.2   13.0  
Asian 44.2   40.3       19.2   26.2   21.2   14.7   9.8 ! 12.5 !
American Indian/Alaska Native                    
Two or more races                    
Other races2 42.4   43.1         26.9 ! 14.1 ! 8.5 ! 17.8 ! 20.2 !
                                         
Educational attainment                                        
Less than high school diploma 58.6   56.4   2.3 ! 5.5 ! 13.2   11.0   10.6   14.0   15.3   13.1  
High school completion only3 51.3   52.4   3.4   3.7   16.7   15.0   13.8   14.8   14.7   14.1  
Some college 36.3   36.5   2.7   5.2   23.2   22.3   20.4   19.5   17.4   16.4  
Associate's degree 39.6   35.4   3.1 ! 5.3 ! 20.0   15.7   23.8   25.5   13.5   18.2  
Bachelor's or higher degree 24.6   30.9   6.4   4.3 ! 26.6   33.4   24.1   18.5   18.3   12.8  
Poverty status4                                        
Poor 48.6   48.7   2.7   4.6   15.7   17.5   16.2   14.7   16.7   14.5  
Near-poor 49.3   45.5   4.5   6.9 ! 16.2   15.9   12.8   15.9   17.1   15.8  
Nonpoor 39.1   40.5   3.1   4.3   21.5   21.6   19.9   19.8   16.4   13.9  
! Interpret data with caution. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is 30 percent or greater.
‡ Reporting standards not met. Either there are too few cases or the coefficient of variation (CV) is 50 percent or greater.
1Questions related to leisure-time physical activity were phrased in terms of current behavior and lack a specific reference period. Respondents were asked about the frequency and duration of physical activity during leisure time. They were asked how often they did vigorous activities during their leisure time for at least 10 minutes that caused heavy sweating and large increases in breathing or heart rates. Persons who indicated that they were unable to do vigorous activity were included in the "Never" category.
2 Includes Pacific Islanders.                                        
3 Includes equivalency certification.                                        
4 Children in families whose incomes are below the poverty threshold are classified as poor; those in families with incomes at 100–199 percent of the poverty threshold are classified as near-poor, and those in families with incomes at 200 percent or more of the poverty threshold are classified as nonpoor. Detail may not sum to totals because of missing values for poverty.
NOTE: Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. Detail may not sum to totals due to rounding.  
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, National Health Interview Survey, 1999 and 2008.

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