More Activity, Less TV For Longer Life


By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

More exercise and less TV watching may decrease risk of death for colorectal cancer survivors.

At the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Hannah Arem looked at exercise and TV watching habits before diagnosis among 3,800 colorectal cancer survivors and after diagnosis among 1,800 survivors. Those who both watched less TV and exercised more had the lowest risk of death compared to those who watched more TV and exercised less.

Arem says it is important to identify behaviors that can reduce mortality risk:

“Four or more hours per week of moderate-to-vigorous intensity exercise and fewer than two hours per day of watching TV might improve survival in this population.”

The study was in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

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