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Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of death in the United States. Nearly half of US adults have at least 1 risk factor for CVD,1,2 and 70% are overweight or obese.1,3 Recent decreases in CVD mortality rates are in part attributed to modification of risk factors.4 Physical activity and a healthy diet are associated with decreased CVD event rates and mortality, but most US adults do not meet current recommendations for physical activity levels and a healthy diet.4,5
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