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PHYSICAL FITNESS AND ITS BENEFITS

 Today's physical fitness environment is a far cry from where it was just a few short years ago. In fact, Americans have always been health conscious, and that line of thinking has only gotten stronger as more information has become available through various media, including the internet, and television.

             Not only has the proliferation of information been a huge benefit for the average American, but other areas have benefited as well, including the studies that have been perpetuated to fulfill that need for information.
             One such study showed that "age-adjusted all cause mortality rates declined across physical fitness quintiles from 64.0 per 10,000 person-years in the least-fit men to 18.6 per 10,000 person-years in the most-fit men (slope, -4.5). Corresponding values for women were 39.5 per 10,000 person-years to 8.5 per 10,000 person-years (slope, -5.5)." (Blair 1989)
             With provable results such as the ones provided by this study, many individuals are attempting to stave off the inevitable, while ensuring a longer and healthier lifestyle by eating healthier foods, consistent exercising while at the same time passing on those habits to the younger generation.
             Schools are also looking to provide a healthier environment for that younger generation by providing more, and healthier choices for the students in the lunchrooms, more and more vigorous physical education classes, and a more supportive attitude towards after-school physical sports programs. Many school systems are looking to provide not only physical education programs but also exercise programs for those not necessarily physically inclined.
             There is a big difference between physical education, physical activity and exercise as portrayed by a recent study that showed; "Physical activity in daily life can be categorized into occupational, sports, conditioning, household, or other activities.