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risks of low activity levels

Date
January 2014

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The perks of staying physically fit go far beyond looking good in your jeans. Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) link low activity levels to high cancer rates, premature death and childhood obesity. 
Here are a few fitness facts that might just give you the motivation you need 
to get you through your next workout.

- People who are physically active for about 7 hours a week have a 40 percent lower risk of dying early than those who are active for less than 30 minutes a week. 

-Being physically active lowers your risk for two types of cancer: colon and breast.

-Of adults 18 years of age and over, 48.4 percent met the Physical Activity Guidelines for aerobic physical activity. (2011)

-Of adults 18 years of age and over, 24 percent met the Physical Activity Guidelines for muscle-strengthening physical activity. (2011)

-Of adults 18 years of age and over, 20.6 percent met the Physical Activity Guidelines for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening physical activity. (2011)

 -The 2011 Seattle, WA Youth Risk Behavior Survey indicates that among high school students:

8% were obese.
4% did not eat fruit or drink 100% fruit juices during the 7 days before the survey. 
5% did not eat vegetables during the 7 days before the survey.
5% drank a can, bottle or glass of soda or pop three or more times per day during the 7 days before the survey.
18% did not participate in at least 60 minutes of physical activity on any day. 
81% were physically active for the recommended amount of time. 
23% watched television 3 or more hours per day on an average school day. 
28% used computers 3 or more hours per day on an average school day.

Staying Safe on the Slopes

Winter sports can be physically demanding and cause injuries from wrist and ankle fractures to ACL (knee ligament) tears. To help prevent injuries while skiing or snowboarding, try to exercise a couple of times a week during the season so you’ll have more strength for better performance. It’s important for snowboarders to consider using wrist guards because wrist injuries are common in snowboarding. And, it’s recommended everybody who skis or snowboards wear a helmet.

-Overlake Medical Center

We’ve Got Your Back

Up to 85 percent of all people have lower back pain at some point in life. The sacroiliac joint is responsible for up to 25 percent of lower back pain. New diagnostic and therapeutic procedures have recently become available. Overlake Medical Clinics Neurosurgery and Abhineet Chowdhary, MD, are pleased to announce a free educational event for people suffering from the symptoms of lower back pain.

Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 and Monday, April 28, 2014
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Overlake Medical Center 
PACCAR Education Center
Preregister by calling 425.688.5259 or overlakehospital.org/classes.

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