U.S. Surgeon General Finds That Americans Are Sedentary

Tools Available To Get U.S. In Shape

The U.S. Surgeon General recently issued the first-ever report on physical fitness in America; and unfortunately, the report reveals that most Ameri-cans are not making the fitness grade. Included in the Surgeon General's findings is the troubling fact that although public awareness of the benefits of exercise is at an all-time high, activity levels in the U.S. have reached a plateau. As a nation, Americans find it difficult to incorporate physical fitness into daily life, even though doing so would greatly reduce their risk of premature death and developing certain chronic diseases.

The report's findings lead to the conclusion that Americans need to change their fitness habits. In 1993, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American College of Sports Medicine and the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports (PCPFS) recommended that every U.S. adult accumulate 30 minutes or more of moderate-intensity physical activity on most, preferably all, days of the week. Today, after monitoring patterns and trends in physical activity among adults and young people in the U.S., the Surgeon General's message is: regular physical activity is better than none, and more is better than some.

"Based on cumulative medical and scientific evidence, the report found that physical activity has been proven to decrease the risk of premature death and the chance of developing a chronic disease, as well as improving overall well-being," said Dr. Peter Bruno, internist for professional basketball's New York Knicks and practicing sports therapist. "The combined efforts of The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and The Advil Forum on Health Education will provide people with the information they need to learn more about the impact of physical inactivity on their health and get started on a fitness program."

To find out more about the Surgeon General's report, consumers can request an easy-to-read synopsis entitled, What You Need To Know About The Surgeon General's Report on Physical Activity and Health. This synopsis also is being distributed to teachers throughout the country. In addition, the PCPFS and the Advil® Forum on Health Education™ are offering the Nolan Ryan Fitness Guide, which provides advice from the future Hall-of-Famer on how to find time to commit to fitness and get started with an exercise program.

What You Need to Know About The Surgeon General's Report on Physical Activity and Health and the Nolan Ryan Fitness Guide, are available to consumers for free by writing to: The Advil Forum on Health Education, Attn: Department SG, 1500 Broadway, 25th Floor, New York, NY 10036.<(NAPSI)

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