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Get Moving, America!

11/18/18

  08:22:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 235 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Research, Diabetes, Hypertension

Get Moving, America!

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The Department of Health and Human Services recently released updated physical activity guidelines to encourage a healthier country while reducing care costs and mortality rates.

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans state that adults need 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous aerobic activity each week, with muscle strengthening activities on two days during the week to stay healthy. Youth ages 6 through 17 need 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity each day. Only 26% of men, 19% of women, and 20% of adolescents currently meet these recommendations.

According to the HHS, physical inactivity costs Americans nearly $117 billion dollars in annual health care spending, and is responsible for 10% of all premature mortality. "When we move more, we have better cardiovascular health, we are stronger and less susceptible to disease, and we feel better," said Adm. Brett P. Giroir, M.D., Assistant Secretary for Health.

As part of a wellness program like MedBen WellLiving, physical activity incentives complement wellness exams to aid in the prevention of hypertension, diabetes, and other chronic conditions. At MedBen, employees who take breaks to exercise at their desks or work out regularly earn credits toward extra time off... and we can similarly help your business incentivize plan members to get moving.

Encouraging physical activity is just one more way to promote a healthier workplace, and MedBen has seen its benefits first hand. Learn how we can help you too by contacting Vice President of Sales & Marketing Brian Fargus at 888-627-8683 or bfargus@medben.com.

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