Get Off Your Duff!

By: KAKE News
By: KAKE News

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Okay all you couch potatoes, take a hike!

That's the message from President Bush, as he kicks off a four-day health and fitness campaign.

And he's not asking us to do too much. You don't have to join a gym, you don't have to join a marathon. In fact, just walking 30 minutes each day can help you fight serious diseases.

The President says now is the type to eat better, and get in shape. Nearly half of all Americans don't exercise at all, and it's killing us.

More than two-thirds of all deaths in this country are from diseases linked to obesity; serious illnesses like cancer and heart disease that can be prevented with regular exercise.

President Bush says, "If you are interested in improving America you can do so by taking care of your own body."

How to take care of that body is what the President is stressing. His new campaign is based on a very simple formula: every little bit of effort counts.

The President challenges adults to at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day, and kids at least 60 minutes.

He also urges us to improve our nutrition and get health screenings. As for exercise, anything will do.

Randy Randall plays ball at Health Strategies, but that's not all. Randy said, "I come here about twice a week, then I walk at home a couple of miles every morning."

The President will lead by example. On most days, Mr. Bush makes time for exercise. He says it helps him deal with stress.

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