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HHS HealthBeat (August 6, 2014)

Three more years

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

People who do a little running might live a good bit longer. At Iowa State University, researcher D.C. Lee looked at 15 years of data on 55,000 people ages 18 to 100 – some runners, most not. Those who ran at least a little – maybe a couple of times at slow speeds for fewer than six miles a week – lived about three years more than those who did not run.

Lee says the take-home is to leave home – and get out for some running. And he’s not taking excuses:

“They say they don’t have time to exercise, but I think almost everyone can find five to 10 minutes per day to run.”

The study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

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

Last revised: August 6, 2014