Health 2006

Monday, July 10, 2006

Access to Physical-Activity Facilities



Both physical activity and dietary intake are important components in weight loss and control. Regular physical activity substantially reduces the risk of dying of coronary heart disease, decreases the risk of colon cancer, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Environmental issues such as proximity of athletic facilities, street design, density of housing, availability of public transit, access to pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly transportation routes, and the availability of safe outdoor spaces play significant roles in promoting or discouraging physical activity. The Task Force on Community Preventive Services strongly recommends the creation of, or improvement of access to, places for physical activity, combined with informational outreach activities. Despite the proven benefits of physical activity, more than 60 percent of American adults do not get enough physical activity and more than a third of young people in grades 9 through 12 do not regularly engage in physical activity vigorous enough to provide health benefits. In 2001, only half of high school students participated in any physical-education classes and less than one-third participated in physical education on a daily basis. A number of initiatives have begun through federal, state, and local governments to reverse this trend. While many of these programs involve educating consumers about the importance of physical activities, some are focused more directly on providing means for people to become more active in their daily lives.
For more information visit http://www.nhpf.org/pdfs_bp/BP_Obesity_7-03.pdf

6 Comments:

  • At 2:44 PM, Blogger Tucopup said…

    Great activity, house with four kids under 8. Wife and I are fit and trim.

    Matt

     
  • At 2:55 PM, Blogger steffie said…

    In addition, we need to make sure that school districts have the resources and are in compliance with the physical activity standards that are set by the States. I think we also need to ensure that there is greater access to places to participate in physical activity for those who work office jobs and those who are forced to stay at their desks all day.

     
  • At 3:26 PM, Blogger HealthNurse said…

    Well, you've reminded me to get back to the gym. It's been a little too hot and humid outside lately for my long walks.

     
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