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Reported Levels of Physical Activity by LSAH Participants (LSAHNEWSV9_2_1)
Research Area:
Cardiovascular physiology
Clinical medicine
Exercise physiology
Species Studied
Scientific Name: Homo sapiens Species: Human

Physical activity has long been regarded as a key component of a healthy lifestyle. Medical benefits of physical activity include increased mental health and health-related quality of life as well as a decreased risk of cardiovascular diseases, cancer of the colon, diabetes, musculoskeletal related conditions, and obesity. Physical inactivity is second only to tobacco use in causing the most preventable deaths in the United States with at least 300,000 annual attributable deaths. Contrary to the mounting evidence of the positive effects of physical activity, over 60% of U.S. adults do not attain the recommended level of physical activity, while 25% are not active at all. Inactivity is more prevalent among women, minorities, older adults, and the less affluent.

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Physical Activity for a Healthy Lifestyle. In: Longitudinal Study of Astronaut Health Newsletter. November 2000;9(2):1-2.


Data Information
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Physical activity levels

Mission/Study Information
Mission Launch/Start Date Landing/End Date Duration
LSAH 01/01/1989 05/31/2010 21 years

Additional Information
Managing NASA Center
Johnson Space Center (JSC)
Responsible NASA Representative
Johnson Space Center LSDA Office
Project Manager: Jessica Keune
Institutional Support
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)