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On-the-Job Activity Boosts Americans' Exercise Levels
Date:5/28/2011

ical activity also was tallied, the proportion meeting guidelines jumped to 76.3 percent. For women, the proportion meeting the guidelines rose from 60.4 percent to 65.7 percent when on-the-job exercise was considered.

Physical activity, a key health indicator, is assessed by states and the federal government for use in the development of public health plans and policies.

For their study, the WADOH researchers analyzed data from the 2007 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, a nationwide telephone survey. The researchers then used the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans to determine if people were meeting the physical activity recommendations.

The current standards call for leisure-time physical activity of 150 minutes or more of moderate-intensity activity, such as brisk walking or gardening, a week; 75 minutes or more of vigorous-intensity activity, such as running or heavy yard work, each week; or a combination of moderate-intensity and vigorous-intensity activity totaling 150 minutes a week (with vigorous-intensity activity minutes doubled).

More information

To learn more about physical fitness and health, see the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

SOURCE: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, May 27, 2011


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