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Get active( Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times )
Not only will physical activity help in the weight category, it also reduces blood pressure, increases HDL and improves the bodys sensitivity to insulin, which helps control blood sugar.
The AHA guidelines say to exercise moderately for at least 150 minutes per week or exercise vigorously for at least 75 minutes per week.
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