Tuesday, August 7, 2012

More People Walk to Better Health

Sixty-two percent of adults say they walked at least once for 10 minutes or more in the previous week in 2010, compared to 56 percent in 2005, according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

However, less than half (48 percent) of all adults get enough physical activity to improve their health, according to data from the National Health Interview Survey.  For substantial health benefits, the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommends at least 2 ½ hours per week of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity, such as brisk walking.  This activity should be done for at least 10 minutes at a time.

"Physical activity is the wonder drug," said CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH. “People who are physically active live longer and are at lower risk for heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression and some cancers.  Having more places for people to walk in our communities will help us continue to see increases in walking, the most popular form of physical activity among American adults.”

The Vital Signs report notes that increases in walking were seen in nearly all groups surveyed. In the West, roughly 68 percent of people walk, more than any other region in the country.

For more information on "Walking Among Adults - United States, 2005 and 2012, including physical activity strategies for individuals, communities and states, go to:

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