Regular physical activity helps improve your overall health and fitness, and reduces your risk for many chronic diseases.
Why it matters, what CDC is doing, and making a difference
Statistics, reports, and surveillance systems
Strategies to increase physical activity
Physical activity at work and worksite walking programs
Status Report for Step it Up! The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communitiespdf icon [PDF-1.3MB]
The Status Report summarizes the state of walking and walkability when the Call to Action was released, as well as selected activities done since the release to sustain the messages and promote the goals established by the U.S. Surgeon General.
Physical Activity Guidelines for Americansexternal icon
This report summarizes the scientific evidence on physical activity and health, and will be used by the government to develop the second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.
Youth Compendium of Physical Activitiesexternal icon
A helpful list of 196 common activities in which youth participate and the estimated energy cost associated with each activity.
Promoting Airport Walking: A Guidepdf icon [PDF-2.35MB]
The guide was developed as part of CDC’s Walk to Fly project to encourage airport travelers (through point of decision signage) to make active choices.