Hampton VA Medical Center
Be Physically Active - Get Your Body Moving
Less than half of U.S. adults get the amount of physical activity recommended in the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Studies show that regular physical activity decreases the risk for developing depression, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, stroke, and some kinds of cancer.
The Hampton VA Medical Center (VAMC) Health Promotion & Disease Prevention Program presented one of the VA’s 9 Healthy Living Messages Aug. 31 during a free health screening session for Veterans. Participants turned out to take advantage of such things as blood pressure checks and pick up information from the facility and local health community partners.
"The Hampton VAMC shared the importance of keeping up with recommended screening tests and immunizations with a 115 Veterans," said Latonya Dickerson Hughes, HPDPP manager. "This awesome event was a result of the extraordinary caring attitude and expertise of the Health Promotion Disease Prevention Program Committee."
If you have a concern regarding a health condition, talk with your health care team about the types and amounts of activity that are best for you. For important health benefits, you should do at least 2 1/2 hours each week of moderate-intensity, or 1 1/4 hours a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity, or an equivalent combination of both.