- Measure Physical Activity
- Promote Physical Activity Through Improved Community Design
- Help Students Be More Active at School
- Help Employees Be More Active in the Workplace
- Help Reduce Type 2 Diabetes Risk Through Lifestyle Change Programs
- Help People With Arthritis Reduce Pain and Increase Mobility
- Help Reduce Risk of High Blood Pressure
Physical activity can improve health now and in the future. People of all ages, races and ethnicities, shapes, sizes, and abilities can benefit from more physical activity. Everyone needs both aerobic and muscle-strengthening physical activity, according to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americansexternal icon, 2nd editionexternal icon. Even short periods of physical activity can improve health.
- Helps prevent unhealthy weight gain.
- Reduces the risk of many chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes.
- Helps reduce feelings of anxiety and improves sleep quality.
- Improves cognitive ability and reduces risk of dementia.
- Improves bone and musculoskeletal health.
Not everyone has the same opportunity to be physically active. Many people live in neighborhoods with poor sidewalk and street infrastructure, few safe spaces for physical activity, and few destinations (including transit stops) within walking or biking distance from their home. Creating activity-friendly communities can provide safe and convenient places for people to be active. It can also support local economies by increasing retail activity and employment.
When communities are developed or redesigned to promote physical activity, community members should be involved in the planning and decision-making process. It is especially important to include people who have been left out in the past, such as members of racial and ethnic minority groups, older adults, and people with disabilities.
CDC aims to help 27 million Americans become more physically active by 2027 through Active People, Healthy Nation℠, a comprehensive initiative to promote physical activity based on strategies recommended by the Guide to Community Preventive Services.
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