Youth Physical Activity Guidelines Toolkit


The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, issued by the US Department of Health and Human Services, recommend that children and adolescents aged 6–17 years should have 60 minutes (1 hour) or more of physical activity each day.1

A Toolkit for Schools, Families, and Communities

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Despite the many health benefits associated with regular physical activity, many children and adolescents do not participate in physical activity for 60 minutes or more each day. To promote the guidelines and support youth physical activity, CDC and several partner organizations developed the Youth Physical Activity Guidelines Toolkit, which highlights strategies that schools, families, and communities can use to support youth physical activity.

The toolkit can be used by anyone who promotes youth physical activity, including community leaders; physical education and health education teachers; physical activity coordinators at the school, district, and state levels; and physical activity practitioners working in health or community-based organizations.

Toolkit Components

Many of the toolkit components can be adapted and customized for various audiences. The User Guide provides an overview of all toolkit materials, offers suggestions for customizing components, and provides examples of use.

Ordering Information

Order a free copy of the Youth Physical Activity Guidelines Toolkit, which includes a CD with print-ready files of all materials.


1. US Department of Health and Human Services. Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Washington, DC: US Department of Health and Human Services; 2008.