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Source: Texas A&M University, Texas A&M Today

Less driving and more physical activity and social interactions result when people live in pedestrian-oriented, activity-friendly developments known as “walkable communities,” according to a study led by Texas A&M University Professor of Architecture Xuemei Zhu.

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Source: U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health

Being sedentary may be twice as deadly as being obese, a new study suggests.

However, even a little exercise — a brisk 20-minute walk each day, for example — is enough to reduce the risk of an early death by as much as 30 percent, the British researchers added. …Using the most recent data on deaths in Europe, Ekelund’s team estimated that 337,000 of the 9.2 million deaths of European men and women were linked to obesity. However, twice that number of deaths could be connected to lack of exercise.

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Balance and Stroke Risk

February 5, 2015

Source: U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health

Can you balance on one leg for 20 seconds or longer? If your answer is yes, you may be at lower risk for brain disease and stroke than people who struggle to stay upright, according to new research. The study, published in the journal Stroke, included 841 women and 546 men with an average age of 67.

The participants were asked to stand on one leg with their eyes open while researchers timed them. Then they had brain MRIs to look for small blood vessel disease.

The results?

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Go Red for Women

February 3, 2015

Source: American Heart Association

  • Get your numbers
  • Own Your Lifestyle
  • Realize your risk
  • Educate your family
  • Don’t be silent

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