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HHS HealthBeat (February 4, 2011)

Staying active; staying alive

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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

Staying physically active could reduce the risk of death from colon cancer. At Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Kathleen Wolin saw that in data on more than 150,000 people. The study compared their physical activity patterns between 1982 and 1997 to colon cancer deaths from 1998 to 2006:

``People who were consistently active over the course of their adulthood had a lower risk of death from colon cancer than folks who were sedentary.’’ (7 seconds)

Wolin says anytime is a good time to start, with 30 minutes of brisk walking each day.

The study in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: May 7, 2011