A new study shows that one-fourth of adults do not get regular exercise and are at risk for health issues.
“Physical activity can help delay, prevent, or manage many of the chronic disease for which adults aged [older than] 50 years are at risk,” read a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. “These diseases can impact the length and quality of life, as well as the long-term to live independently.”
Medscape reports that the study also shows that inactivity, which leads to all sorts of medical issues, was the most prevalent among Hispanics.
“Overall, more adults reporting at least one chronic disease were inactive (31.9%) compared with those not reporting any,” the authors of the study wrote.
In a national survey, roughly 28% of Americans said they ride a bicycle for exercise and health benefits, but about 32.7% of Hispanics involved in the inactivity study reported no regular physical activity.
According to AZ Central, a community-wide project is aiming to promote healthier lifestyles within Arizona’s Hispanic population.
“That’s one of the goals, to encourage and message that it’s important in this day and age to take care of preventive healthcare,” said Angela Serda, manager of events for the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. And “to explore different options of insurance, to get out there and stay active, to find an activity that you enjoy and stick to it, and really help change the culture from the inside out to be more focused on their health, to watch what they eat, to get exercise, to find a passion and hobby that they love.”
September 15 marks Hispanic Heritage Month, and along with encouraging a healthier lifestyle, the country will celebrate Hispanic contributions to individual communities, the U.S., and the world. The 30-day celebration begins in the middle of the month, because in 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law that National Hispanic Heritage Week would begin on September 15, and after representatives wanted a longer timeframe to honor Latinos’ achievements, President Ronald Reagan extended the week through October 15.