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Government Says Americans Must Get In Shape

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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The best way to get in shape is to get moving.

The Department of Health and Human Services says most adults
need at least 2-and-a-half hours of moderate exercise a week.
Children and teens need about an hour of it each day. Moderate
exercise is described as brisk walks, raking leaves or even a
neighborhood softball game.

The department says those who are into more vigorous exercise
such as jogging or swimming need to do it at least 75 minutes a
week.

Rear Admiral Penelope Royall, the deputy assistant secretary for
disease prevention, says someone who is a "total couch potato"
can get started with a 10 minute walk each day. She says the key,
though is to work toward hitting the weekly minimum.

More than 60 million adults in this country are considered
obese. What's worse is that about a third of all children are
overweight and 16 percent are obese.


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