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Walk The Walk

posted on April 11, 2003

"Put on your Adidas, if you don't want diabetes…"

New research suggests that women who resist the temptation to be "couch potatoes" and take a walk every day dramatically reduce their risks of contracting a life-threatening disease.

The study conducted by scientists at the Harvard School of Public Health, revealed that women who avoid sedentary behaviors such as watching television more than ten hours per week and incorporate a thirty-minute brisk walk into their day, reduce the risk of onset of type 2 diabetes by 43 percent and obesity by 30 percent compared to women with sedentary lifestyles.

The study is published in this weekcs issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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