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Johnson County one of most active in state

BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 18, 2011 7:20 AM

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Johnson County residents are more active during their leisure time than residents in other Iowa counties, according to a new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The study, which measured the amount of physical activity between 2004 and 2008, reported 81 percent of Johnson County’s adults engage in physical activity in their leisure time. Scott County came in second at 79 percent.

“The residents of Johnson County place a high value on health and the environment, so it’s no surprise that they spend more tiem being active,” Johnson County Public Health Director Douglas Beardsley said in a statement.

Most Iowa counties recorded around 75 percent level of adult leisure-time activity, and 74.6 percent of adults reported they spend their free time engaged in such activity nationally.

— by Alison Sullivan


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