Major conclusions from the Surgeon General's report

1.  People of all ages, both male and female, benefit from regular physical activity.

2.  Significant health benefits can be obtained by including a moderate amount of physical activity into your daily schedule (e.g., 30 minutes of brisk walking, bicycling, or raking leaves, 15 minutes of running).

3.  Additional health benefits can be gained through greater amounts of physical activity.

4.  Physical activity reduces the risk of premature mortality in general, and of coronary heart disease, hypertension, colon cancer, diabetes, and breast cancer.

5.  More than 60 percent of American adults are not regularly physically active.  In fact, 25 percent of all adults are not active at all.

6.  Nearly half of all American youth 12-21 years of age are not vigorously active on a regular basis.  Moreover, physical activity declines dramatically during adolescence.

7.  Interventions to promote physical activity through schools, worksites, and health care settings have been evaluated and found to be successful.

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