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Health policy and exercise: a brief BRFSS study and recommendations.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18490485     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey is used to compare three predictors of self-rated health, specifically exercise, tobacco smoking, and a diagnosis of diabetes (a proxy for obesity). Exercise is found to be the best predictor, and the remainder of the article discusses the role of exercise in disease prevention and the all-important concept of exercise adherence. Government policy in the future needs to promote exercise adherence in a more rigorous way, because it is a key to both individual and societal health. Exercise habits need to be instilled from youth, and physical education requirements in school need to be re-established at all levels through high school. Adults also need encouragement with better neighborhood planning of exercise trails for walking and biking, as well as planned community activities to encourage fitness through one's lifetime. The article concludes with six recommendations for formal government action to encourage exercise adherence.
James S Larson; Mylon Winn
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2008-05-19
Journal Detail:
Title:  Health promotion practice     Volume:  11     ISSN:  1524-8399     ISO Abbreviation:  Health Promot Pract     Publication Date:  2010 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-04-19     Completed Date:  2010-08-03     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100890609     Medline TA:  Health Promot Pract     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  268-74     Citation Subset:  IM    
Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
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MeSH Terms
Aging / physiology,  psychology
Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
Diabetes Mellitus / epidemiology
Health Policy*
Health Promotion / methods*
Health Status
Mental Disorders / prevention & control
Preventive Medicine / methods*
Risk Assessment
Smoking / epidemiology
United States / epidemiology
Weight Gain / physiology

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