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From Kelli Bonifer
Adair County Extension Agent
Family & Consumer Sciences

If you think you're too old to benefit from regular physical activity, think again.

A recent study from the Journal of the American Medical Association found that moderate physical activity is crucial to lower risk of heart disease for postmenopausal women.

The studyexamined the effects of a 5-days-a-weekexercise program on the health of 173overweight women ages 50 to 75. Theexercise program included activities such as walking, biking or aerobics for about 45 minutes a day, 5 days a week for one year.

At the end of the year, the women had only lost about 3 pounds. But, they had lostnearly 7% of the fat deposits around the middle of their bodies. Less fat around the middle means lower levels of insulin and cholesterol, which translates into less risk for heart disease. Further evidence thateven if you don't lose weight, physical activity can improve your health.

---Kelli Bonifer
County Extension Agent for Family & Consumer
Sciences Adair County Cooperative Extension Service
P. O. Box 309Columbia, KY 42728
PHONE: (270) 384-2317
FAX: (270) 384-9167

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