A weighty problem: the economics of obesity

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A new report by the OECD shows that more than half the population is overweight in 34 of its 36 member countries. The overweight tend to do worse in school and to miss work more often.

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Even a few minutes’ exercise is good for you, new guidelines state

Exercise is good for you even if you clock up just a few minutes at a time, new UK guidelines state, overturning previous recommendations that physical activity needed to last at least 10 minutes to bring benefits.

The updated guidelines on physical activity, released by the UK chief medical officers, mean that even a quick sprint up the stairs can contribute to the 150 minutes of moderate to brisk exercise (or 75 mins of intense activity) that adults are recommend to undertake every week.

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Walking Workouts for High Blood Pressure

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You can reduce hypertension risks with brisk walking & strength workouts.
Exercise can help lower high blood pressureas much as many medications. Regular aerobic exercise such as brisk walking is recommended for people with hypertension by health authorities such as the American Heart Association.

The good news is that you can enjoy a variety of walking workouts, including short, brisk walks, and longer walking sessions to get the desired effects. Strength training, done in addition to aerobic exercise, also has benefits for people with high blood pressure.

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