Too much time sitting may put older people at risk of disability

02/19/2014 | USA Today

For every extra hour spent sitting, the risk of disability for everyday activities among people 60 and older increases by 50%, regardless of their physical-activity level, U.S. researchers said. Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey involving more than 2,200 older people also showed that only 6.2% of them met the federal target of 2.5 hours of moderate physical activity every week. "People should find opportunities to replace some of their sitting time with light activity," study lead author Dorothy Dunlop says.

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