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  • Although a heart-healthy lifestyle is a potent medicine in the management of cardiovascular risk, a large Finnish study finds that many — but not all — patients forgo healthy habits after starting a statin or antihypertensive medication
  • People who get started on medications for their increased cardiovascular risk may let other things slide.
  • Results show that body mass index (BMI) ticked up among all participants, but the average increase was larger among those starting an antihypertensive or statin medication

  • Physical inactivity is a primary cause of most chronic diseases.
  • Population levels of physical activity, inadequate to meet current guidelines can place a health burden on the U.S. population that results in higher health care expenditures.
  • Regular physical activity is associated with important health benefits, including reduced risk for premature death, cardiovas­cular disease, ischemic stroke, type 2 diabetes, colon and breast cancers, and depression.
  • A study of one million people has found that physical inactivity costs the global economy $67.5 billion a year in healthcare and productivity losses, but an hour a day of exercise could eliminate most of that.
  • Just 23% of US adults get enough exercise, CDC reports