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Excerpts — Physical Activity and Health Guidelines

Physical activity as play and nutritional goals for children

Because infants and young children are not autonomous, guidelines for this population are aimed at parents, caregivers, schools, and the community.

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Benefits and risks of physical activity for pregnant women

The goals of physical activity during pregnancy include maintaining a sense of maternal well-being, avoiding fetal harm, and establishing a pattern of regular activity.

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Exercise has beneficial effect on hypertension, cardiovascular disease

Currently more than 50 million Americans—and more than 50% of the American population over the age of 60—have hypertension, or high blood pressure (Hagberg 2005).

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