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Using the Move Your Way Campaign to Promote Physical Activity in American Adults and to Advocate for the Enactment of the Promoting Physical Activity for Americans Act

Shereece Wallace, Julie Spencer, Deborah Birk & Ling Chen

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Regular physical activity is one of the most important preventive measures individuals can adhere to in order to improve their health. Eighty percent of American adults do not adhere to the physical activity guidelines for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities. Nearly 31 million American adults aged 50 years or older do not engage in physical activity beyond that of daily living. The percentage of deaths due to physical inactivity is 10.1% in the United States compared to 9% worldwide. Inadequate physical activity in the United States is associated with a cost of $117 billion annually.

Seven of the ten most common chronic diseases are significantly influenced by regular physical activity. Cardiovascular disease, cerebrovascular accident (CVA), cancer, type 2 diabetes, obesity, hypertension, and osteoporosis are those seven chronic diseases. Cardiovascular disease and cancer are the top two causes of death in the United States. CVA is the fifth leading cause of death and is the top cause of disability in the country. Nearly half of American adults have hypertension. A total of 34.2 million Americans have diabetes. Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90–95% of diabetes cases in the United States. The prevalence of obesity in the country was 42.4% from 2017 to 2018.

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