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Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans

  • December 15, 2011


    Public Health

    Shared By: Erin Ellingwood

    Resource Type: Guidelines

    Topic(s): Active Living-Physical Activity, Policy, Health Monitoring

    Minimum Time Commitment: Less than 1 Day

    Reach: National

    Minimum Cost to Implement: Free

Resource Overview

The 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is designed to provide information and guidance on the types and amounts of physical activity that provide substantial health benefits for Americans aged 6 years and older. The main idea behind the Guidelines is that regular physical activity over months and years can produce long-term health benefits.

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The Physical Activity Guidelines are new because they represent:

1) The first major review of the science on benefits of physical activity in more than a decade.

2) A range of physical activity: the more you do, the more benefits you gain.

3) A total amount of activity per week that allows people to design their own way of meeting the guidelines.

4) Physical activity recommendations for groups such as children and adolescents, adults, older adults, persons with disabilities, pregnant and postpartum women, and persons with some chronic conditions.

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