Healthy Moments Episode

Staying Active During The Holidays

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Dec 22, 2008 | Download Audio

Dr. Rodgers explains why it's important to be physically active during the holiday season.


To stay healthy and control your weight during the holidays, keep up with your physical activity.

Hi, I'm Dr. Griffin Rodgers, bringing you Healthy Moments from the NIH. I'm the director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Staying active during the holidays may help you manage the demands of the season and improve your health. Try taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or getting off the bus a stop or two early.

You don't need to join a gym to burn calories. Try walking around a school track, a local park, or the mall during off-peak hours. Invite a friend for support.

If you tend to avoid physical activity because you don't like it, remember that exercise means more than playing football or lifting weights. There are many other ways to get active and have fun, such as dancing or bowling.

And for more tips, visit our website at NIDDK or This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers. Join me next week for more Healthy Moments.

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