More Americans Walking, More Need To for Good Health and Cancer Prevention

Almost two-thirds of Americans now say we take walks, a figure that has nudged up slightly over the years and may mean more adults are likely to get the recommended amount of exercise, according to a government report released yesterday.

Walkers are almost three times more likely to meet the US physical activity guidelines than non-walkers, the report also found.

The study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

The finding bodes well for our health, given that regular physical activity reduces the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases. Yet even with these slight gains, only 48 percent of Americans meet the physical activity recommendations for good health, the report states. Government recommendations say we should be active at least 150 minutes a week at a moderate-intensity, such as brisk walking. (For cancer prevention, AICR recommends at least 30 minutes of daily activity.)

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