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HHS HealthBeat (May 2, 2013)

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Let’s Be Active

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

Being physically active is hard for a lot of us – and may be harder for people who had cancer treatment. But a study of survivors of endometrial cancer says building self-efficacy – your idea that you can succeed – helps to create success.

At the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Karen Basen-Engquist examined six months of data on how 100 women felt about being active, and how much they did. She linked gains in self-efficacy to more physical activity.

And physical activity raises self-efficacy:

“People’s self-efficacy for something like exercise increases as they gain experience with the behavior – especially if they receive some guidance or feedback about how they’re doing.”

The study in the journal Health Psychology 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 6, 2013