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Sedentary Time May Raise Heart Disease Risk

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The American Heart Association has issued scientific statement in the journal Circulation stating that prolonged sedentary time is an independent risk factor for heart disease and stroke. While the AHA pronouncement does not specify exact time parameters to avoid for sedentary behavior, the organization advises to “sit less and move more.” The AHA also encourages 30 minutes of moderate to active activity per day. The advice concerning exercise does not compensate for the impact of sedentary time.