Americans urged to do something rather than nothing

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 27 July 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:188

Almost any physical activity, whether jogging or simply washing and waxing the car, is better than nothing, Americans have been told. A report from the Surgeon General's Office said that burning as few as 150 calories a day in some sort of activity reduced the risks of hypertension, coronary artery disease, diabetes, and even cancer. The important message was that even a little activity for 30 minutes will lengthen and add to the quality of life.

In the early 1960s the US president, John Kennedy, …

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