Uncle Sam has a message for sluggish Americans: Get moving now.
More than 15% of American adults are physically inactive, a new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study reports. And all that time on the couch or staring into a computer screen adds to the risk of health problems and premature death.
“Too many adults are inactive and they may not know how much it affects their health,” said Dr. Ruth Petersen, director of the CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity.
The CDC defined inactivity as doing no leisure-time physical activities in the past month—such as running, walking for exercise or gardening.
“Being physically active helps you sleep better, feel better and reduce your risk of obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and