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Exercise is Prevention. Prevention is the Cure for Chronic Conditions

You’ve heard this statement before: prevention is the best cure for any type of chronic disease.

But what is prevention, really? What does it consist of and how can its components work together to create a healthier world for all of us? 

Continue reading "Exercise is Prevention. Prevention is the Cure for Chronic Conditions."

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Three decades later, obesity and sedentary behavior still prevalent

Three decades after President Ronald Reagan signed the proclamation making May National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, the country has possibly become more sedentary than that day in 1983.

This is what Helen Durkin, IHRSA executive vice president of Public Policy, said in her column on the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease website.

"To fathom the benefits that regular exercise brings, we don’t need to dig deep. After all, regular physical activity is a well-established mainstay of primary prevention. By primary prevention, I mean basic lifestyle behaviors that stop preventable chronic diseases before they start. Specifically, the four key pillars of primary prevention include: (i) regular exercise; (ii) sound nutrition; (iii) the avoidance of tobacco, alcohol, and other controlled substances; and (iv) stress management," she wrote.

Find the entire column on the PFCD website.