Revealing health disparities among racial groups in America, findings from the Black Women’s Health Study show that Black women have a life expectancy 2.7 years shorter than Caucasian American women and are less likely than white women to meet national physical activity guidelines.

Investigators followed 52,993 participants over 22 years and noted that both walking and vigorous exercise activities by study subjects were associated with less likelihood of early death from heart disease or cancer. Both diseases are more prevalent among Black Americans than Caucasian Americans.

The study is available in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine (2020; 59 [5], 704–13).

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