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AMA Statement on CDC Report on Walking

For immediate release:
Aug. 7, 2012

Statement attributable to:
Jeremy A. Lazarus, MD
President, American Medical Association

“The American Medical Association (AMA) seeks to reduce the burden of preventable diseases through healthy lifestyle choices. Despite a variety of efforts by the AMA and others over the years, today's CDC report shows that even though more people are walking, fewer than half of all adults get enough physical activity to improve their health.

Physical activity has been shown to help reduce many health risks, and more must be done to encourage all Americans to make exercise a regular part of their lives. For the majority of people walking is an easy way to be more physically active. No special equipment is needed, and walking has benefits for people of all ages.

The AMA is committed to improving health outcomes in our nation and has made this a key pillar in our five-year strategic plan launched earlier this year. The AMA offers easy-to-use and simple to understand resources to help physicians talk with their patients about living longer, healthier lives by improving their level of physical activity, including the AMA’s Healthier Life Steps program. This free resource helps patients and physicians work together to address key health behaviors, including physical activity, by helping them to set goals and create an action plan.

The AMA strongly supports the CDC’s recommendations to promote walking and urges urban planning that increases the availability of walking paths and community recreational fitness facilities that promote safe walking environments.”

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Contact:

Shannon (O'Brien) Breymaier
AMA Media Relations
(312) 464-4443
shannon.breymaier@ama-assn.org

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