walkersAround the start of each new year, advice abounds to help people adopt healthier lifestyles. The American College of Sports Medicine offers science-based guidelines: adults should get 150 minutes per week of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity to maintain health; double that to lose weight. Kids need an hour almost every day. (For details, see?Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.) Given that physical activity has been shown to help prevent and treat more than 40 chronic diseases, let?s resolve to help everyone get a healthy dose.

This year?s advice focuses on how to achieve those physical activity goals, involving individuals, families, communities, workplaces and other organizations, and carves out a role for Congress as well. ACSM is a lead partner in the burgeoning collaborative known as?Every Body Walk! (www.everybodywalk.org), which touts walking and walkability for health and a slew of other reasons: [read more…]

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