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Don't Just Sit There! Move For Your Health

If you're like most people nationwide, you spend more than half of your waking hours sitting or inactive for long stretches of time—at work, at school, in the car or watching TV. Here’s why you should consider standing up instead of putting your feet up.

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Opportunities Abound for Moving Around: Get Active, Wherever You Are

No matter where you live, work, or go to school, you can find ways to move more and sit less throughout your day. Physical activity can help you live a longer, healthier life.

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Shape Your Family’s Habits: Helping Kids Make Healthy Choices

With your help, kids can learn to develop healthy eating and physical activity habits that last throughout their lives.

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