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31 Million Older Americans Aren’t Getting Enough Exercise

February 8, 2017

older-couple-jogging-in-park-350More than one-quarter of Americans over 50 don’t exercise, a new federal report estimates, increasing their risk for heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

“Adults benefit from any amount of physical activity,” said study co-author Janet Fulton. “Helping inactive people become more physically active is an important step towards healthier and more vibrant communities.”

Fulton is chief of the Physical Activity and Health Branch at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For the study, the researchers analyzed results of a 2014 national survey about health, focusing on people aged 50 and older. The investigators defined inactivity as moving around only to accomplish routine daily duties.

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