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Getting Started With Physical Activity: Doña Fela's Answers

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These are Doña Fela’s answers:

  • Carlos should see a doctor before starting a physical activity program, because he has had a heart attack. Even though he is fully recovered, he should still check with his doctor.
  • Maria does not need to see a doctor before starting a physical activity program. Having a baby is not a risk factor, and she is young.
  • Arturo should see a doctor before starting a physical activity program, because he has diabetes. Even though he is young and he controls his condition very well with medication, he should still check with his doctor.
  • Carmen should see a doctor before starting a physical activity program, because she has two risk factors: high blood pressure and smoking.
  • Gloria does not need to see a doctor before starting a physical activity program. Even though she wants to start a harder activity, such as running, she is young and in good health.
  • Hector should see a doctor before starting a physical activity program. His broken leg is not a factor, but he should check with the doctor first, because he wants to start a harder physical activity program, and he is more than 45 years old.

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Information on this page is taken from the English print version of “Your Heart, Your Life, 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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