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Tennessee Physical Fitness: A Survey of AARP Members

AARP Member Opinion Research

As part of a major public awareness and education campaign being undertaken by AARP Tennessee, this survey explored members' attitudes, behaviors, interests and opinions concerning physical fitness, and found that...

  • Most believe they are in very good (31%) or good (50%) health.
  • The majority believe that a person their age should exercise at least three times a week (77%) and that eating right (77%), getting regular check-ups (76%), maintaining a healthy weight (74%), and reducing stress (74%) are the most important actions for staying healthy.
  • Although 59 percent think that exercise is very important to their health, they also feel other things are more important.
  • While 68 percent have been physically active on a regular basis, 23 percent say they have not.
  • Arthritis (32%) and injury (18%) are most often mentioned as physical conditions interfering with respondents' ability to exercise.

This mail survey of 1,478 AARP Tennessee members was conducted from May 7 through June 10, 2003. The report was prepared by Joanne Binette and David Cicero, both of AARP Knowledge Management. For further information, please, contact Joanne Binette at 202-434-6303. (37 pages, September 2003)

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