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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
July 9, 2014

Adults With Disabilities Need Physical Activity, Too

JAMA. 2014;312(2):123. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.7446

Physicians and other health professionals are missing opportunities to help adults with disabilities stay healthy by failing to recommend that they become more physically active.

A recent study showed that approximately 21.5 million US adults aged 18 to 64 years have a serious limitation in their hearing, vision, cognition, or mobility. Among them, 40.5% have at least 1 chronic disease, compared with 13.7% of adults who don’t have a disability. Those with disabilities also are more likely to be physically inactive, 47.1% vs 26.1%. By disability category, inactivity was most prevalent among adults with limited mobility and least prevalent among those with hearing loss (Carroll DD et al. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2014;63[18]:407-413).

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