The Medical Minute: Creating active lifestyles

HERSHEY, Pa. -- Most of us know that moving more and “tuning in” less is good for our overall physical and mental health. But ever-present TVs, computers for work and home, smartphones locked to our palms, and video game consoles that beckon to be played have made us more sedentary than ever.

The statistics are alarming:

-- 60 to 85 percent of the world's population is sedentary, accounting for approximately 2 million deaths each year.

-- Almost half of America's youth between the ages of 12 and 21 is not physically active.

While doctors generally recommend some form of regular exercise for most people, there are many simple things you and your family can do to get moving more. From parking farther away from your destination at stores and restaurants to exchanging an hour of screen time with a family walk, learn more from this week’s Project Health video segment.

Also at the Project Health website, find tips for managing your child’s screen time and getting started on an exercise plan.

The Medical Minute is a weekly health news feature brought to you by Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Articles feature the expertise of Penn State Hershey faculty physicians and staff, and are designed to offer timely, relevant health information of interest to a broad audience.

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Last Updated June 18, 2013