‘This is timely and will be of special interest to health service managers and members of primary care groups because the successful promotion of regular physical activity is a challenge contained in the strategy of Our Healthier Nation and is a candidate for incorporation into health improvement programmes and the service framework for coronary heart disease’ — Health Service Journal This crisply written and thought-provoking book integrates theories and studies from several disciplines to examine what is known about physical activity and health.

Physical Activity and Health
Physical activity and health

Section Introduction

Launched to coincide with the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia, the U.S. Surgeon General's report on physical activity and health (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1996) has documented the current state of knowledge on the health benefits of physical activity. What is clear from the Surgeon General's report and from other recent authoritative sources, such as the National Institutes of Health Consensus Statement, is that there is now an extensive and scientifically strong body of evidence that physical activity has significant health benefits, particularly in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and some cancers.

The material covered in Chapters 2 and 3 is the knowledge base on which all other behavioral epidemiology studies of ...

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