CPC Fellow Penny Gordon-Larsen's research on the benefits of walking appears in USA Today

Oct 25, 2006

Penny Gordon-Larsen, an assistant professor of nutrition at North Carolina, analyzed data on 5,000 young adults over 15 years. She found that a slightly overweight woman who walked two extra hours each week over 15 years gained 9 pounds less in that time than a similar woman who didn't walk that much. Women who walked an extra four hours each week gained 18 pounds less over that time than women who didn't move that much. The effects were similar for men.

"Extra walking prevents weight gain at a time of life when many people are gaining," she says.

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