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Our minds and bodies are closely connected. Staying active is important to having both a healthy body and a healthy mind. When we participate in physical activities, we feel good about ourselves and our outlook on life improves.

Physical activity is something that everyone can do. You don't need to run a marathon or spend hours at the gym. Look for simple ways to be active every day. It's not as hard as you think and you're likely to feel your mood shift almost immediately after you try it!

No matter what your age is, the more physically active you are the greater the benefits to your well-being.

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Benefits of being active

  • Decreases stress and feelings of anxiety and depression
  • Gives you more energy and promotes better sleep
  • Reduces your risk for type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and some cancers
  • For youth: helps combat childhood obesity
  • For older adults: exercise may also reduce the risk of falls

The more active you are the greater the benefits to your well-being!
Start small... be active with a friend... celebrate each step in the right direction.