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Women still have a long way to go in health

With National Women's Health Week in the middle of May, IHRSA Executive Vice President of Public Policy Helen Durkin got to thinking about the strides, and disappointments when it comes to women and health and fitness over the past couple decades.

Smoking and breast cancer-related deaths are down. That, obviously, is the good news. Unfortunately, less than half of American women meet 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for aerobic activity, and women are 10% less likely than men to meet the guidelines.

Durkin writes in the Roll Call blog about how those numbers can change for the positive, most notably primary prevention - regular exercise; a healthy diet; the avoidance of tobacco, alcohol, and other controlled substances; and stress management.

Read her entire column on the Roll Call website.