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Articles October 2015 Issue

Rx for Exercise: More Is Better

Postmenopausal women who are at risk for breast cancer may benefit from extra activity.

When it comes to exercise, a new study says the prescription should be that more is better. For postmenopausal women, the benefits include weight loss and reduced belly fat and waist-to-hip ratio, which might possibly lead to greater protection against breast cancer.

Jennifer M. Sacheck, PhD, an associate professor in Tufts’ Friedman School who specializes in studying physical activity, says, “Here is yet another study demonstrating that, independent of diet, increasing physical activity levels that meet or exceed the national recommendations of 150 minutes per week has important implications on body composition, and in turn, likely many health outcomes.”

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