The new Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans are the most comprehensive of their kind and are based on the first thorough review of scientific literature.
The Department of Health and Human Services released the guide for exercise for Americans, which recommends 2.5 hours of physical activity a week.
HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt said in a statement: “The evidence is clear — regular physical activity over months and years produces long-term health benefits and reduces the risk of many diseases. The more physically active you are, the more health benefits you gain.”
Government reports released in July 2008 showed that one in four U.S. adults is obese. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that obesity in the United States is becoming more prevalent, rising 1.7 percent from 2005 to 2007.
The guidelines are based on the latest science-based research and can be found on the government Web site: http://www.health.gov/PAGuidelines/.
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