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Fool the Numbers – Stay Active & Healthy!

Posted by on March 28th, 2019 Posted in: General, Minority Health Concerns, Public Health
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April 1 marks the kick off for National Minority Health Month 2019, and the theme this year is Active & Healthy.  The Office of Minority Health will join partners throughout the country to promote physical activity to help people live healthier lives.  According to the 2010 U.S. Census, about 36 percent (page 20) of the population belongs to a racial or ethnic minority group. Though health indicators such as life expectancy and infant mortality have improved for most Americans, some minorities experience a disproportionate burden of preventable disease, death, and disability compared with non-minorities.

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, recommends adults complete at least 150-300 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity each week with muscle-strengthening activities two or more days a week.  An active and healthy lifestyle can help reduce the risk of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases.  “Fool” the numbers by reducing your risks – join the Active & Healthy Challenge!

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Nora works as the Consumer Health Librarian for NNLM PSR at UCLA and is passionate about empowering people to participate in their healthcare by locating reliable health information. She is an advocate for recruiting traditionally underrepresented groups to health sciences librarianship.

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