Evidence for EIM

Physical Activity – Far Reaching!

A Prescription for Health: Combatting NCD's with Physical Activity

Worldwide, it is estimated that physical inactivity causes:

  • 6% of the global burden of disease from coronary heart disease;
  • 7% of Type II Diabetes; and
  • 10% of breast and colon cancer cases.  

Inactivity also causes 9% of premature mortality, or more than 5.3 million of the 57 million deaths that occurred worldwide in 2008. On the other hand, regular physical activity:

  • reduces mortality and the risk of recurrent breast cancer;
  • reduces the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease;
  • lowers the risk of all-cause, cardiovascular, and cancer-specific specific mortality in adults with higher levels of muscle strength; and
  • leads to higher academic performance in children and adults.

Despite these health concerns of being physically inactive:

  • More than half of U.S. adults (56%) do not meet the recommendations for sufficient physical activity set forth by the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans,
  • U.S. adolescents and adults spend almost eight hours a day in sedentary behaviors, and
  • As much as 36% of adults engaged in no leisure-time PA at all.

For more information on the powerful health benefits of physical activity, please explore the evidence presented in our Resource Section.

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