Earlier this year, England's Paula Radcliffe ran a marathon in 2 hours
15 minutes 25 seconds, shattering her own previous record by 113 seconds,
and considerably narrowed the gap between male (2:05:38, held by Moroccan-born
American Khalid Khannouchi) and female world records.1 It
is likely that women the world over cheered her accomplishment. Here in the
United States, women's statistics outpace men's in a related area; sadly,
this is no reason for celebration. Data from the 2000 National Health Interview
Survey indicate that more women than men are physically inactive: 72% of women
do not engage in regular leisure-time physical activity compared with 64%
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