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Exercising Public Policy

Promoting Physical Activity in the Fight Against Depression

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As published in The Huffington Post on 10/10/14:

There are a lot of reasons why Congress should enact public policies that promote exercise. The great potential that exercise has for helping people overcome depression is an important one.

Depression takes a tremendous toll on America. For individuals and their families, depression inflicts immense personal suffering. At its most tragic, depression leads to suicide, which claims nearly 40,000 American lives each year.

For businesses, depression imposes a significant financial burden, costing more than $34 billion annually. In fact, two hundred million workdays are lost each year because of it.

Depression renders our veterans especially vulnerable. Twenty percent of suicide deaths in the United States are among military veterans, yet they comprise less than 1% of the U.S. population. Every day, about 22 veterans die from suicide.

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