July 12, 2007
“It’s important to maintain physical activity year-round,” said Stuart Brown, M.D., director of DHR’s Division of Public Health. “Regular, moderate physical activity can help you live longer and improves quality of life. Aim for a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity five to seven days per week. Serious health effects often result from sedentary lifestyles. Doing things as simple as taking the stairs instead of the elevator or parking farther away from a store can make a difference,” said Brown.
There are numerous ways to incorporate more activity into your daily routine. Put on some music and dance; walk during breaks at work; move around while watching television; walk the dog; keep comfortable shoes in the car or office; and always be ready for activity.
In March 2005, Governor Sonny Perdue and DHR launched the Live Healthy Georgia campaign, an initiative designed to raise awareness about how to: Be Active, Eat Healthy, Be Smoke Free, Get Checked, and Be Positive. The principal message of the campaign is that moderate lifestyle changes such as improving food choices and getting more physical activity can have a significant impact on health.
For more information about being active and about the Live Healthy
Places that offer water aerobics, swimming, or water therapy classes include:
Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program - Exercise without putting excess strain on your joints and muscles. The gentle activities in warm water, with guidance from a trained instructor, will help you gain strength and flexibility. These classes are offered all over
YMCA – Many YMCA’s around
Public Swimming Pools – Check ‘Swimming Pools – Public’ in the local yellow pages.
State colleges and universities – Many state colleges and universities offer swimming, water aerobics, and water therapy classes through continuing education departments. You may wish to contact a nearby college or university to check.
For information, contact:
Lisa Moery (404) 463-2299