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New Study: Significant Percentage of Deaths Associated with Inadequate Physical Activity

The Center for Disease Control’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) has released a new study in Preventing Chronic Disease, reminding us why it is important to #movemore.


The study found that 8% of deaths in the U.S. were associated with inadequate levels of physical activity. This percentage varied with age; the study attributed 10% of deaths among adults age 40-69 and 8% of deaths among adults age 70 or older to low levels of physical activity. This article supports previously published findings that conclude low levels of physical activity increase the risk of premature death.

It also highlights the importance of regular physical activity. Following the aerobic physical activity guideline (at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity equivalent physical activity each week for adults) can significantly reduce the risk for dying early, heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, and depression.

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View the study.