“I encourage both conservatives and liberals to become involved in the 2012 National Public Health Week campaign,” said Spencer Galt, M.D., a member of the Society for Vascular Surgery®. “This year’s theme is, A Healthier America Begins Today.” Created in 1995 by President Bill Clinton, the 2012 National Public Health Week is April 2-8.
“Participation in this national platform is as easy as taking a jog with a friend, riding bicycles with your kids, or walking your dog for half an hour,” said Dr. Galt. “Thirty minutes of daily exercise reaps a multitude of health benefits. Physical activity pumps up your blood and lowers your blood pressure which is great for your vascular system.”
Regular exercise may reduce the risk of stroke, the fourth leading cause of death in America according to the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) 2010 National Vital Statistics Report. In 2010, 137,000 Americans died of stroke.
The lack of regular physical activity results in 250,000 deaths annually according to a 2003 report in the medical journal, Circulation. The mortality rate of least physically fit persons is 4.5 times higher than physically fit persons.
Additional issues central to the creation of a healthy America include:
- Eating healthier food and in smaller portions,
- Not smoking,
- Maintaining a healthy body weight. One-third of American adults and 17 percent of children are obese according to the CDC.
“The debate over becoming a health conscious country should end with National Public Health Week,” said Dr. Galt. “All Americans should vote to become front-runners in the race for their own good health.”
Vascular health information appears on: VascularWeb.org.
About the Society for Vascular Surgery®
The Society for Vascular Surgery® (SVS) is a not-for-profit professional medical society, composed primarily of vascular surgeons, that seeks to advance excellence and innovation in vascular health through education, advocacy, research, and public awareness. SVS is the national advocate for 3,750 specialty-trained vascular surgeons and other medical professionals who are dedicated to the prevention and cure of vascular disease. Visit its Web site at VascularWeb.org®. Follow SVS on Twitter and Facebook.