Commentary: Be active every day

If your doctor says you’re fit enough to do it, walk, run, bike, hike, swim or climb stairs — and do it every day.

Regular, moderate physical activity has many health benefits, including reducing the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and stroke. For that reason, Get Healthy CT, the regional wellness coalition of hospitals, health departments and other health and social service providers, is offering free information, advice and links to local resources in its August Monthly Health Feature, “Be Active Every Day,”  which can be found online at

The information includes:

•        Find Physical Activity Near You

•        The Color Run Comes to Bridgeport

•        Why Should I be Physically Active?

•        Be an Active Family

•        Let’s Get Moving Activities for 2-7-year-olds

•        Be a Fit Kid for 8-12-year-olds

•        How Many Calories Does Physical Activity Use?

•        Get Moving, Chapter 8 of A Year of Being Well by The Michael and Susan Dell Foundation

•        Get Moving Today Activity Calendar

According to How Many Calories Does Physical Activity Use? from the Department of Agriculture’s website, a 5-foot, 10-inch man weighing 154 pounds burns approximately 280 calories per hour from walking, 330 calories per hour from dancing and 510 calories per hour from swimming and 590 calories per hour from bicycling more than 10 miles per hour.

The packet also includes information on the Color Run, a 5K run starting 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport. Billed as “The happiest 5K on the planet,” the Color Run is an untimed race in which participants are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer. Join the Get Healthy CT Team and support our partner the YMCA, and you will save money off the entrance fee. To register, see the Color Run flyer at Early discount available until Sept. 1.

Most information in the packet is available in English and Spanish. Direct access is available at An archive of previous monthly features is also available.

Get Healthy CT focuses on a different obesity prevention topic each month and provides resources in print and online. Printed information packets are also available in some area libraries, community centers, regional health departments, and other locations.

Get Healthy CT is a community coalition that works in the greater Bridgeport, New Haven and Greenwich regions to make the “healthy choice the easy choice.” Get Healthy CT provides information about being healthy and connects people to local resources to support healthy eating and physical activity through its website More than 150 large and small businesses and nonprofit and community organizations have joined the coalition to date, along with individuals and families, too.