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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
November 8, 2016

Another Birthday? Keep Moving

JAMA. 2016;316(18):1860. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.15625

Nearly 28% of US adults aged 50 years or older—31 million individuals—don’t participate in any physical activity beyond their daily routine, passing up opportunities to delay, prevent, or manage many chronic illnesses.

In a recent study, CDC researchers reported that inactivity rates increased with age and that men aged 50 years or older were more physically active than women their same age but by only a few percentage points. Inactivity rates also were higher among black and Hispanic adults compared with white adults and those of other races or ethnicities. Overall, 32% of adults with at least 1 of 7 chronic illnesses—arthritis, cancer, coronary heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, depression, diabetes, and stroke—were inactive compared with 19% of those who had none of these diseases.

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