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CDC: How Can Doctors Help Patients with Disabilities Become More Physically Active?

Most adults with disabilities are able to participate in physical activity, yet nearly half of them get no aerobic physical activity. Physical activity benefits all adults, whether or not they have a disability, by reducing their risk of serious chronic diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some cancers. CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH discusses the benefits of regular physical activity as well as ways to recommend physical activity to patients. The May 2014 Vital Signs report addresses physical activity among adults with disabilities. CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH shares how doctors and other health professionals can help increase physical activity among all patients, including adults with disabilities.

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