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Date:8/15/2011

d cancer could be reduced. This low volume of physical activity could play a central part in the global war against non-communicable diseases, reducing medical costs and health disparities," they concluded.

The study results could help get more people off the couch, according to an accompanying editorial.

"The knowledge that as little as 15 minutes per day of exercise on most days of the week can substantially reduce an individual's risk of dying could encourage many more individuals to incorporate a small amount of physical activity into their busy lives," wrote Dr. Anil Nigam and Dr. Martin Juneau, of the Montreal Heart Institute and Universite de Montreal in Quebec.

"Governments and health professionals both have major roles to play to spread this good news story and convince people of the importance of being at least minimally active," they added.

More information

The U.S. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute offers a guide to physical activity.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: The Lancet, news release, Aug. 15, 2011


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