Annual Checkup of American’s Health Status Finds Positive Discovery

When the youngest of Americas’ largest generation turned 50 in 2014, the celebration was tempered by the news that baby boomers were not exactly fit.

In an annual checkup of American’s health status, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that it’s not all gloom and doom.

While boomers continue to suffer from chronic conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes, the good news is that fewer are dying from cancer and heart disease. Plus, boomers are smoking less and exercising more.

The number of boomers who are getting at least the recommended minimum level of exercise—the guidelines are for at least 150 minutes a week of moderate intensity exercise like brisk walking, or 75 minutes of something more intense—has increased 23 percent in the past 10 years.

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