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Exercise: prescription for health

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Tuesday, January 3, 2012
CONTACT:  Kristin Biskeborn, (605) 773-3737  


Exercise: prescription for health 


PIERRE, S.D. – If you’re looking for a healthy way to start the New Year, consider the Exercise: Prescription for Health challenge. The web-based challenge is a joint effort of the South Dakota Department of Health’s Healthy South Dakota initiative and the South Dakota State Medical Association.


Exercise: Prescription for Health is open to all adult South Dakotans. It runs January 15 through February 29 and signup is underway now at www.HealthySD.gov. Once the challenge begins, enrolled participants can go online at the site to log their minutes of moderate or vigorous physical activity. At the end of the challenge, 10 randomly selected participants will receive a South Dakota State Parks pass.


“Regular physical activity is one of the most important things any of us can do to improve our health,” said Kristin Biskeborn, State Nutritionist for the South Dakota Department of Health. “It reduces the risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, controls weight, improves quality of life, and can even reduce the symptoms of anxiety and depression. Exercise is wonderful medicine.”


Unfortunately, too many South Dakotans are not physically active. In 2009, 55.0% of adults in the state reported being physically inactive on a regular basis, compared to the national average of 49.0%. 


Individuals with questions about their ability to be physically active should consult with their physician before beginning any exercise program.


The Healthy South Dakota website and its regular challenges are part of the department’s Health 2020 objective to help South Dakotans be physically active, eat healthy, and live healthier lives.