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4 Your Health: the impact of exercise; a rise in death rates

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Death rates in the U.S. have climbed over the past year.

That's according to new government data from the first half of 2017. It shows an increase in overall mortality since 2016 fueled by a rise in Alzheimer's disease, drug overdose, heart disease, and homicides. But there has been a drop in deaths from HIV and cancer.

The report also shows a decrease in the overall fertility rate.

Getting out to a park

A new poll reveals Americans rely on local parks and rec centers to improve their health.

Three out of five people, surveyed, said they would walk or jog on local trails if their doctor wanted them to be more active. Many also said they would be willing to take a fitness class at a recreation center or swim at a local pool.

Experts say parks offer huge health benefits ... for very little cost.

Exercise for breast cancer patients

Exercise can improve quality of life for women with advanced breast cancer.

Researchers in Portugal followed 15 breast cancer patients who took part in a 12 week exercise program. The women showed significant improvements in their cardiovascular health and they also felt better.

The women reported less pain and fatigue than those who did not exercise and they said they were more able to carry out normal daily tasks.

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