Adults with disabilities who are physically inactive are 50% more likely to have chronic disease than their physically active counterparts, according to a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that urges better patient education.
While the benefits of physical activity have been thoroughly demonstrated, CDC says, not all patients with disabilities are getting that message from their physicians. The agency estimates that only 44% of adults with disabilities were told by a doctor to get more physical activity. The CDC's findings appear in the May issue of Vital Signs, a monthly report series.
The May Vital Signs issue recommends that individuals with disabilities get at least 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity a week, and provides guidelines for how health care professionals can help to educate patients. The benefits, according to CDC, are clear: while nearly half (46%) of adults with disabilities who are inactive also have 1 or more chronic diseases, that rate drops to 31% if they increase physical activity.
Other statistics from the report:
APTA has long supported the promotion of physical activity and the value of physical fitness, and offers a prevention and wellness webpage that links to podcasts on the harmful effects of inactivity. The association also has representatives on the practice committee of Exercise is Medicine and the board of the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance.
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