Why 27 Million More Americans
Active People, Healthy NationSM is a national initiative led by CDC to help 27 million Americans become more physically active by 2027. Increased physical activity can improve health, quality of life, and reduce health care costs. These improvements can help reduce the risk of at least 20 chronic diseases and conditions and provide effective treatment for many of these conditions. Other potential benefits include better school performance, lower health care costs, stronger local economies, less air pollution, more cohesive communities, and enhanced national security.
Specifically, Active People, Healthy NationSM seeks to move approximately
- 15 million adults from inactive (no aerobic activity) to some moderate-intensity activity every day, like brisk walking.
- 10 million adults from some physical activity to meeting the minimum aerobic physical activity guideline.
- 2 million young people from some physical activity to meeting the minimum aerobic physical activity guideline by being physically active for at least 60 minutes every day.
CDC will monitor these physical activity levels through the National Health Interview Survey and the Youth Risk Behavior Survey.
Learn more about physical activity basics.
- Page last reviewed: September 7, 2018
- Page last updated: September 7, 2018
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