Is exercise the best medicine?


walkingThe government’s physical activity guidelines recommend getting at least 2½ hours a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, such as brisk walking, or one hour and 15 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity, such as jogging. If you’d like the support of a group for this, come join us weekly on Wed @11am for Walk With a Doc. We all walk together for 1, 2, or 3 miles, we vote on the route, and the guest Doc joins us to chat and answer any questions you might have. It’s full of sightseeing, camaraderie, learning new things, and yes exercise…which is the objective. Walking really does work, so see you out there! Meet in the Rec Center lobby; bring a water bottle and maybe a sun visor for warm sunny days. You can also earn a pedometer, t-shirt, or umbrella for walking with us.

Physical activity may be as effective as medications for preventing early death in some people who’ve had heart attacks or strokes, a new study suggests. USA Today reports on it here…

Healthy Monday: Deter Diabetes

Diabetes is becoming an increasingly deadly problem for adults and youth alike. You can reduce your risk for diabetes by being physically active, eating more fiber (vegetables, fruits, beans, whole grains, nuts, and seeds), consuming 100% whole grains over refined grains, and maintaining a healthy weight.
Make at least one small goal for each day this week that incorporates the above guidelines. For example, schedule in a 30-minute exercise session, or make a whole grain, fiber-rich meal. By focusing on your health earlier, you can prevent the negative consequences of diabetes.

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