This section provides links to key reports and recommendations that serve as the foundation for addressing physical activity.
Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Midcourse
Report: Strategies to Increase Physical Activity Among
U.S. Health and Human Services reviewed evidence-based strategies for increasing physical activity in young people ages 3 to 17. The report examines five settings with opportunities for youth to be more active: school, preschool and childcare center, community, home, and healthcare. According to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, children and adolescents 6 years and older can achieve important health benefits by getting 1 hour (60 minutes) or more of daily physical activity. The Mid-course Report emphasizes the importance of children getting 60 minutes of activity throughout their entire day.
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)
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]