Bush races to promote healthier lifestyles
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush used his weekly radio address Saturday to promote healthier lifestyles for Americans, including regular exercise that he said could save billions of dollars in health-care costs.
Earlier, he led a group that included staff and Cabinet members in a fitness event, placing 26th in a 3-mile run. He ran it in 20 minutes, 29 seconds -- a pace of just under 7 minutes per mile -- while his wife clocked in at about 23 minutes for a 1.5-mile walk.
Phillip Mattson, an employee from the correspondence office, placed first at 17:12 for the three-mile run, while Sheila Carrozza had the fastest women's time at 18:30. More than 400 people participated.
Participants in the President's Fitness Challenge Run and Walk, more than 400, pledged to donate time or resources to community service groups or faith-based organizations.
"It's important for us in the White House to live how we talk. If we say we are going to be fit, and we want to help our neighbor, let's show it through actions," Bush told the racers.
In his radio address, the president outlined four measures under his Healthier U.S. campaign: be physically active every day, develop good eating habits, take advantage of preventive screenings, and don't smoke, use drugs or drink excessively.
"The good news is this -- when it comes to your health, even little steps can make a big difference," he said, noting that if just 10 percent of adults began walking regularly, Americans could save $5.6 billion in costs related to heart disease.
Research suggests cancer deaths could be cut by one-third by changing diets and getting more exercise, he added.
"Even walking 30 minutes a day can make a difference," he said..
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