Physical Activity and Cardiovascular Health: A National Consensus

Physical Activity and Cardiovascular Health: A National Consensus

by Arthur S . Leon (Author)


In 1995 experts convened in Bethesda, Maryland under the sponsorship of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to review the evidence of the influence of physical activity on cardiovascular health. This publication presents the Consensus Statement for the Conference on Physical Activity and Cardiovascular Health and the supporting papers presented by leading researchers in the field. The 28 papers document: public health problems of sedentary lifestyles; current data and opinion on the contributions of the different types and amounts of physical activity for reducing cardiovascular disease; and the role of exercise in the rehabilitation of people with cardiovascular disease. The report complements and augments the Surgeon General's Report on Physical Activity. Readers should also find successful approaches for implementing and maintaining physical activity programmes for various populations, including older and disabled adults.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
Publisher: Human Kinetics
Published: Mar 1997

ISBN 10: 0880116102
ISBN 13: 9780880116107

Author Bio

Arthur S. Leon, MD, is the Henry L. Taylor professor and director of the Laboratory of Physiological Hygiene and Exercise Science in the Division of Kinesiology as well as adjunct professor and Chief Cardiologist in the Department of Medicine's Heart Disease Prevention Clinic at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Dr. Leon, who earned his MD in 1957 from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, has studied the effects of physical activity on cardiovascular health for more than 32 years. His research has contributed significantly to recent recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Surgeon General's Report on the health benefits of regular physical activity.

A Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, and the Epidemiology and Preventive Cardiology Council, Dr. Leon also is a member of the editorial board for the Surgeon General's Report. He won the AAPHERD's William G. Anderson Award in 1981 and ACSM Citation Award in 1995.

Dr. Leon lives in Minnetonka, Minnesota, with his wife, Gloria. He enjoys jogging and exercise, gardening, and watching University of Minnesota basketball games.