Heart disease is the leading causes of death in the US. This short Public Service Announcement video shows that 80% of heart disease deaths are preventable through lifestyle changes.
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Heart Disease Death & Obesity/Overweight Correlation to Physical Activity Levels in the U.S.
In the United States there is a strong correlation between physical activity levels and heart disease death rates as the bubble chart below shows. The most physically active populations by state, such as Colorado, Hawaii, and Oregon have much lower heart disease death rates than states with low physical activity levels such as Tennessee and Mississippi. The size of the bubbles in this chart relates to the rate of obesity and overweight for each state. For the statistics geeks out there, the Pearson correlation coefficient for the physical activity levels and heart disease death rate in this dataset is -0.73, indicating a strong correlation.