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Attending Health Journalism 2016? Go for a walk in Cleveland

About Richard Peck

Richard L. Peck has covered aging-related topics for 30 years as editor of Geriatrics and editor-in-chief/contributing editor of Long-Term Living (formerly Nursing Homes/Long Term Care Management).

road-to-cleveland-2Cleveland boasts what may be the most compact downtown area of any major city conference attendees are likely to visit. If you think “walkability” is the new “in” thing for urban areas, then you’re sure to enjoy Cleveland.

As a long-time and appreciative habitué of Cleveland’s downtown, I’m going to recommend several sites that are well worth a visit on foot. Some are more than a stroll from the conference sites, more like a healthy walk for folks in reasonable health and attuned to physical activity, but do-able. Continue reading

Researchers bring us another reason to get walking

About Liz Seegert

Liz Seegert (@lseegert), is AHCJ’s topic leader on aging. Her work has appeared in NextAvenue.com, Journal of Active Aging, Cancer Today, Kaiser Health News and other outlets. She is a senior fellow at the Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement at George Washington University and co-produces the HealthCetera podcast.

Image by North Charleston via flickr.

Image by North Charleston via flickr.

A new study shows that walking 6,000 or more steps per day may protect those with or at risk of knee osteoarthritis from developing mobility issues, such as difficulty getting up from a chair and climbing stairs. The research appears in the current issue of Arthritis Care & Research.

Although walking has many known health benefits, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that two-thirds of U.S. adults with arthritis walk fewer than 90 minutes each week.

“Our study examines if more walking equates with better functioning, and if so, how much daily walking is needed to minimize risk of developing problems with mobility in people with knee OA,” said lead researcher Daniel White, P.T., Sc.D., of Boston University.

Osteoarthritis is the leading cause of disability among those age 65 and over according to the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research. It is the most prevalent form of arthritis in the United States, affecting more than 20 million adults. More than half of all people age 65 and over have evidence of this condition.
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