Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Obamacare: a disincentive to exercise?

'Obamacare will tax joggers to pay for cancer treatment for nonjoggers.'

Where is the jogging mandate in the bill?

Finnish researchers recently concluded that, if you wish to ward off lung or gastrointestinal cancer, you might want to spend your leisure time jogging instead of picking berries, mushroom gathering or fishing. In the study, published in late July on the Web site of the British Journal of Sports Medicine, scientists studied the health of a group of 2,560 middle-aged Finns over the course of about 17 years. The subjects, all men living in eastern Finland, kept diaries of their daily activities for a year and then went about them.

At the start of the study, none had cancer. By the end, 181 had died of the disease. 


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