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2011 SHRM Employee Benefits Survey trends

Key findings from the research report, 2011 Employee Benefits, by the Society for Human Resource Management include:

Some exercise better than none in preventing heart disease

Even small amounts of physical exercise can help reduce the risk of heart disease, indicates a study released Aug. 1 by the American Heart Association.

Although government guidelines call for 2.5 hours of physical activity per week, the study found that exercisers who did not meet the recommended guidelines had a lower risk of coronary heart disease than those who did not exercise at all. The benefits of exercise were stronger among women than men.

The study, which was the first to quantify the value of exercise on heart disease, also found that people who engaged in the recommended 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity weekly had a 14% lower risk of coronary heart disease than those who reported no exercise.

The study was published online in the journal Circulation.