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Fewer than half of US adults get enough exercise

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Fewer than half of US adults get enough physical activity for their health, said a US government study released on Aug. 7.

In a country where two thirds of the population is overweight or obese, just 48 percent get enough exercise, said the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Current US guidelines call for at least two and a half hours per week of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity, such as brisk walking, in periods of at least 10 minutes each.

The CDC report found that walking as exercise is increasing, with about six in 10 US adults getting active through walking.

“More than 145 million adults are now getting some of their physical activity by walking,” said a statement by CDC director Thomas Frieden.

“People who are physically active live longer and are at lower risk for heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression and some cancers.”










1. obese adj.

肥胖的 (fei2 pang4 de5)

例: People who are obese are prone to get Type 2 diabetes.


2. call for v. phr.

要求;規定 (yao1 qiu2; gui1 ding4)

例: The regulations call for working in three shifts.


3. brisk adj.

快的;輕快的 (kuai4 de5; qing1 kuai4 de5)

例: He is a brisk walker.


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