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National campaign promotes exercise for older adults

Go4Life is a national exercise and physical activity campaign for people 50 and over from the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The campaign seeks to empower older adults to become more physically active.

As part of the campaign, top U.S. health officials, including U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy and Dr. Richard J. Hodes, director of the National Institute on Aging, went on a Capitol Walk last weekend in Washington, D.C.

Murthy issued a national call to action on walking last week that can be found at surgeongeneral.gov.

“Everyone deserves to have a safe place to walk or wheelchair roll,” he said in a news release, “But in too many of our communities, that is not the reality. We know that an active lifestyle is critical to achieving good overall health. And walking is a simple, effective and affordable way to build physical activity into our lives. That is why we need to step it up as a country ensuring that everyone can choose to walk in their own communities.”

September is Go4Life Month and designed to encourage and enable older adults to incorporate endurance, strength, balance and flexibility exercise into their everyday lives. The theme of the Month is Be Active Every Day!

Research shows that exercise can help prevent many of the chronic conditions and disabilities associated with aging. Despite the growing list of benefits of exercise for people of all ages, U.S. adults tend to become less active as they age. Those looking to help their communities find ways to reduce that trend can visit Go4Life.nia.nih.gov.

You can also find a list on Page 15 of fitness activities in the region this week.