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Physical Activity

Americans tend to be physically inactive. A sedentary lifestyle increases risk for many health problems, including heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer.

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Physical activity and nutrition work together for better health. Being active increases the amount of calories burned. Inactivity makes it difficult to reach and maintain a healthy body weight.

As people age their metabolism slows, so maintaining energy balance requires moving more and eating less.

Read “What’s in it for you?” to learn about the benefits of physical activity.