The more they burn, the better they learn
Physical activity is essential to a healthy lifestyle, and it can be especially important in helping youngsters do better in school, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Youngsters ages 6 to 17 should aim for at least 60 minutes of physical activity daily. Whether it’s playing at recess, shooting hoops after school or riding bikes, youngsters need to be active to:
- Build and maintain healthy
bones and muscles.
- Reduce the risk of
obesity and the risk of
diseases,such as diabetes,
and colon cancer.
- Increase confidence by
reducing feelings of
depression and anxiety
and promoting psychological
- Improve academic
performance with better
attentiveness in the
Midlife fitness means lower healthcare costs in old age
Physically fit, healthy middle-aged adults have significantly lower healthcare costs as they age compared to their less physically fit counterparts, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s 2012 Scientific Sessions.
The study tracked Medicare coverage in 20,489 healthy people free of prior heart attack, stroke or cancer, from 1990-2009. The average age was 51, and 21 percent were women. Risk factors and physical fitness were determined at the beginning of the study.
Compared to people in the lowest fitness category, those in the highest categories at age 51 had significantly lower healthcare costs after age 65.
For men, after age 65, annual costs were $3,277 for those in the highest fitness category compared to $5,134 for those in the lowest fitness category.
For women, those in the highest fitness range spent $2,755 annually, while those in the lowest fitness category spent $4,565 per year.
Immunizations are not just for kids! Regardless of age, we all need immunizations to keep us healthy. With time, immunity from childhood vaccines can wear off, and you may be at risk for new and different diseases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The specific immunizations you need as an adult are determined by factors such as your age, lifestyle, health conditions, locations of travel and previous immunizations. Throughout your adult life, you need immunizations to get and maintain protection against:
- Seasonal influenza (flu) —
- Tetanus, diphtheria and
pertussis (whooping cough)
— All adults who have not
previously received the Tdap
- Shingles — Adults 60 and
- Pneumococcal disease
(pneumonia) — Adults 65 and
older and those with specific
- Hepatitis B — Adults who
have diabetes or are at risk
for hepatitis B
Other vaccinations you may need include those that protect against human papillomavirus (which can cause certain cancers), hepatitis A, meningococcal disease, chickenpox (varicella), and measles, mumps and rubella.
Ask your doctor which vaccines are recommended for you.