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Physical Activity is Important, even for Those with Disabilities

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More than 21 million US adults 18 – 64 years of age have a disability. These are adults with serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs; hearing; seeing; or concentrating, remembering, or making decisions.  Adults with disabilities are three times more likely to have heart disease, stroke, diabetes, or cancer than adults without disabilities.  Aerobic physical activity can help reduce the impact of these chronic diseases, yet nearly half of all adults with disabilities get no leisure time aerobic physical activity.

This online resource offers guidelines for health professionals and their patients about getting adequate amounts of physical activity http://cdc.gov/ncbddd/disabilityandhealth/pa.html.

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