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Doctors Telling More People to Get Moving!

February 24, 2012 by  
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Results from government surveys show that doctors are telling more people to get some exercise, with the biggest percentage increases coming among patients age 85 and older.

The survey data was collected by the National Health Interview Survey in 2000, 2005, and 2010. It shows that between 2000 and 2010, the percentage of adults receiving advice to exercise increased by about 10 percentage points. Among adults age 85 and over, the percentage receiving advice to exercise nearly doubled between 2000 (15.3%) and 2010 (28.9%).

A report on the data, released in February 2012 by the National Center for Health Statistics, also cites research showing the positive affects of physical activity in dealing with chronic health conditions. Between 2000 and 2010, receipt of advice from a physician to do exercise or physical activity increased for adults with hypertension, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes

Adults with diabetes were more likely than those with hypertension, cardiovascular disease, or cancer to have been advised to exercise. In 2010, more than one-half of adults with diabetes were advised to exercise.

The report also cites resources on how exercise improves the quality of life for older adults. Body Recall students have been living examples of the positive aspects of regular exercise for years.

Body Recall is happy to see that more doctors are telling people the same thing we tell them: Get moving and keep moving!

You can read more about the survey at the Centers for Disease Control web site here.

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