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CDC: 4-in-5 Americans not meeting government’s Physical Activity Guidelines

BY Michael Johnsen

ATLANTA — Only 1-in-5 U.S. adults are meeting both the aerobic and muscle strengthening components of the federal government’s physical activity recommendations, according to an article published Thursday in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, a journal of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend that adults get at least 2.5 hours a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity such as walking, or one hour and 15 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity, such as jogging, or a combination of both. The guidelines also recommend that adults do muscle-strengthening activities, such as push-ups, sit-ups or activities using resistance bands or weights. These activities should involve all major muscle groups and be done on two or more days per week. 

The report finds that nationwide nearly 50% of adults are getting the recommended amounts of aerobic activity and about 30% are engaging in the recommended muscle-strengthening activity.

"Although only 20% of adults are meeting the overall physical activity recommendations, it is encouraging that half the adults in the United States are meeting the aerobic guidelines and a third are meeting the muscle-strengthening recommendations," stated Carmen Harris, epidemiologist in CDC’s physical activity and health branch. "This is a great foundation to build upon, but there is still much work to do. Improving access to safe and convenient places where people can be physically active can help make the active choice the easy choice."

The report also found differences among states and the District of Columbia. The rates of adults meeting the overall guidelines ranged from 27% in Colorado to 13% in Tennessee and West Virginia. The West (24%) and the Northeast (21%) had the highest proportion of adults who met the guidelines. Women, Hispanics, older adults and obese adults were all less likely to meet the guidelines.

The data are based on self-reported information from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, an annual phone survey of adults aged 18 and older conducted by state health departments. 

 

 

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NCPA lobbies Hawaii governor to sign two ‘pharmacy-friendly’ pieces of legislation

BY Michael Johnsen

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Community Pharmacists Association on Thursday urged Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie to sign two bills into law that the association asserts will "protect patient pharmacy choice." One bill prohibits pharmacy benefits managers from using a patient’s medical health information to market or advertise to that patient, and the other bill specifies that an otherwise qualified retail community pharmacy that requests to enter into a contractual retail pharmacy network agreement shall be considered part of a pharmacy benefit manager’s retail pharmacy network for purposes of a beneficiary’s right to choose where to purchase covered prescription drugs.

"NCPA strongly supports these two key pieces of legislation as a means to protect the ability of patients to choose where they want to address their medication needs," stated Douglas Hoey, NCPA CEO. "Some may wish to use mail-order pharmacies and can continue to do so under this legislation. But mail order is not for everyone, and patients should have the right to choose which type of pharmacy they prefer for their personal health needs," he said. 

"Patients should also be able to take care of their health needs with the knowledge that their personal medication records are secure and will not be used by large corporations to market a particular service or product," Hoey added. 

 

 

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Report: Real estate agent tells analysts a Walgreens flagship slated for U of Michigan

BY Michael Johnsen

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Walgreens recently negotiated a 20-year lease agreement here for Walgreens’ first university flagship location, said Joey Agree, Agree Realty president and CEO, in a conference call with analysts on Tuesday. The site will serve the University of Michigan, home to the Michigan Wolverines.

Walgreens has not yet confirmed the new site will be a prototypical flagship location, however. 

According to a report published Thursday on AnnArbor.com, Walgreens will be refitting its flagship format into an 18,000 square-foot space across three floors that last housed the Michigan Book & Supply store. 

Michigan Book & Supply closed a year ago as more and more students source their textbooks from online venues, making the location on South State and North University ideal for an omnichannel retailer like Walgreens. 

Construction of the new site is expected to be completed in the first half of 2014, Agree said. 

 

 

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