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May - Physical Fitness

Regular physical activity reduces the risk of many adverse health outcomes and increases life expectancy.1 Being active also improves overall quality of life and performance - both on and off the job. According to the 2015 Fleet and Marine Corps Health Risk Assessment Annual Report, 28 percent of active duty Navy and 18 percent of active duty Marine Corps respondents indicated a lack of moderate or vigorous intensity aerobic exercise in their routine.2 A smaller percentage of active duty Navy and Marine Corps respondents indicated a lack of strength training exercises, 21 percent and 11 percent, respectively.2 The positive picture is active duty Sailors and Marines exceed the general population in their activity levels as less than half of the overall U.S. adult population get the recommended physical activity needed each week. 3

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[1] EpiData Center Department, Navy Marine Corps Public Health Center. Fleet and Marine Corps Health Risk Assessment 2015. https://www.med.navy.mil/sites/nmcphc/Documents/health-promotion-wellness/general-tools-and-programs/2015-HRA-Report-TR-214-2016.pdf. Published May 2016.

[2] Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center EpiData Center Department. Fleet and Marine Corps Health Risk Assessment 2014.
https://www.med.navy.mil/sites/nmcphc/Documents/health-promotion-wellness/general-tools-and-programs/HRA-2014-report-final.pdf. Published 2015. Accessed March 2016.

[3] Facts About Physical Activity. Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention.
http://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/data/facts.htm. Updated 23 May 2014. Accessed March 2016.