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Getting Started with Physical Activity

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It’s very important to know when to talk with a doctor before starting a physical activity program. In the list below, check which people should see a doctor before they begin a physical activity program.

  • Manuel is 65 years old and had a heart attack 10 years ago, but he is fully recovered.
  • Valentina is 32 years old and had a healthy baby 8 months ago.
  • Francisco is 38 years old and has diabetes, but he controls his condition very well with medication.
  • Roselle is 35 years old and wants to start being more physically active to lower her high blood pressure and help herself to quit smoking.
  • Bella is 27 years old and in good health, and she wants to start running.
  • Roberto is 57 years old and broke his leg 2 years ago, but it healed very well. He walks every day but wants to start jogging.

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Information on this page is taken from the English print version of “Healthy Heart, Healthy Family: A Community Health Worker's Manual.” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, NIH Publication No. 08-3674, Originally Printed 1999, Revised May 2008.

Last Updated March 2012

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