“Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.” It was over 2,000 years ago that Plato recognized the value of physical activity for maintaining health and preventing disease. Despite the well-recognized benefits of regular physical activity, the growing prevalence of physical inactivity is increasingly being recognized as a pandemic.
As early career investigators and as members of AHA, it is our responsibility to identify and respond to national and global challenges in the fight against heart disease and stroke. The consequences of physical inactivity are staggering. The World Health Organization
recognizes physical inactivity as the fourth leading cause of global mortality, accounting for 3.2 million deaths annually.
Support AHA’s message that “all hearts need exercise” by wearing your sneakers to the Scientific Sessions on Tuesday, November 19th
. And, don’t miss the remaining sessions highlighted by the Global Congress on Physical Activity
to learn more about physical activity and its importance in health and disease.