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Move More

Why move more?

The bottom line is that being physically active is important for good health. More than 60 percent of U.S. adults do not engage in the recommended amount of activity. Tennessee ranks 2nd in the U.S. in adult obesity (32%) and 4th for physical inactivity (29.9%)!

BENEFITS OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

Exercising regularly is one of the most important steps for good health. Being physically active:

  • Controls your weight
  • Helps maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints
  • Reduces the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and some cancers.
  • Improves mental health and mood
  • Increases your chances of living longer

If you're able to do so, here are some things you can do to move more

  • On Campus
    • Take the stairs
    • Use the walking trails on or around campus 
    • Ride your bike
    • Participate in the many activities during Midday Moves, or join the Campus Recreation Center
      • Free for Full-time Students
      • Inexpensive for students and employees
      • Join the TigerFit program to help with your personal fitness and weight loss goals

REFERENCES

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Trends in Leisure-Time Physical Inactivity by Age, Sex, and Race/Ethnicity — United States, 1994–2004." Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 54(39): 991–994, October 2005.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Data & Statistics | Feature: Physical Inactivity Estimates, by County. (2011, April 25). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved December 4, 2011, from http://www.cdc.gov/Features/dsPhysicalInactivity/

Troiano R, Berrigan D, Dodd K, et al. "Physical Activity in the United States Measured by Accelerometer." Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 40(1): 181–188, January 2008.

Trust for America's Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. F as in Fat: How obesity threatens America's Future, Washington, DC. June 2010

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Physical Activity and Health: A Report of the Surgeon General. Circulation. 1998; 97: 2099-2100.

Did You Know?

If you smoke 1 pack of cigarettes per day, after a year of being quit you will save about $1400!


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