About Active People, Healthy Nation

What is Active People?

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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 and improved military readiness. Building active and walkable communities can help support local economies, result in less air pollution, and create more cohesive communities.

What is the goal?

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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 guidelineexternal icon.
  • 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.

How are we monitoring success?

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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.

Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd editionexternal icon
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ guidelines describe the amounts and types of physical activity needed to maintain or improve overall health and reduce the risk of chronic disease.

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