This section provides links to key reports and recommendations that serve as the foundation for addressing physical activity.
Prevention Status Reports
The Prevention Status Reports highlight the status of public health policies and practices designed to prevent or reduce important public health problems. Individual reports are available for all 50 states and the District of Columbia on 10 key health topics, including Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity.
More People Walk to Better Health: CDC Vital Signs
Find out how many Americans are walking their way to better health, and what can be done to make it easier for others to walk.
State Indicator Report on Physical Activity 2010 [PDF-1.5Mb]
The State Indicator Report on Physical Activity 2010 provides information on physical activity behavior and policy and environmental supports within each state. Physical activity, essential to overall health, can help control weight, reduce the risk of heart disease and some cancers, strengthen bones and muscles, and improve mental health.
- The National Action Guide [PDF-237k] summarizes PA levels among Americans and also provides potential action items to support state-level policy and environmental changes to increase PA.
- State Indicator Report on Physical Activity, 2010 Data Tables with Confidence Intervals [PDF-305k] provides state-specific information summarized for each state's physical activity levels and compared to the nation.
1999 Physical Activity and Health: A Report of the Surgeon General
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
The 1999 Surgeon General's report was the first to address physical activity and health.
Recent Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports (MMWRs)
Declines in Student Obesity Prevalence Associated with a Prevention Initiative — King County, Washington, 2012”
MMWR, February 21, 2014/63( 7); 155-157
Adult Participation in Aerobic and Muscle-Strengthening Physical Activities — United States, 2011
MMWR, May 3, 2013/62(17); 326-330
Also available: Participation in Physical Activity MMWR Highlights [PDF-106KB]