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May 27, 2013
Are your employees getting enough physical activity?

Only about 20 percent of U.S. adults are meeting the federal government’s recommendations for physical activity.  The guidelines suggest that adults get at least 2½ hours per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity like walking, or 75 minutes of vigorous activity like jogging. Muscle-strengthening activities, like push-ups, sit-ups, or weight lifting, are also recommended 2 or more days a week.

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The CDC recently reported that, nationwide, about half of adults are getting the aerobic activity they should, and about 30 percent are getting enough strengthening. CDC epidemiologist Carmen D. Harris called those rates “a great foundation to build upon,” but said there is much progress to be made. She said improving access to safe and convenient places where people can be physically active can help.

The West and the Northeast had the highest proportion of adults who met the guidelines. Women, Hispanics, older adults, and obese people were less likely to meet the recommendations.

There’s more information, including ideas you can implement in the workplace, at www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity.

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