Recommendations & Guidelines
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has issued a new edition of the Guidelines to describe the amounts and types of physical activity needed to maintain or improve overall health and reduce the risk of chronic disease.
The Youth Compendium of Physical Activities provides a list of 196 common activities in which youth participate and the estimated energy cost associated with each activity. It can be used by a wide variety of people—including researchers, health care professionals, teachers and coaches, and fitness professionals—and in a variety of ways—including research, public health policy making, education, and interventions to encourage physical activity in youth.
The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Midcourse Report: Strategies to Increase Physical Activity Among Youthexternal icon
U.S. Health and Human Services reviewed evidence-based strategies for increasing physical activity in young people ages 3 to 17. The report examines five settings with opportunities for youth to be more active: school, preschool and childcare center, community, home, and healthcare. According to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, children and adolescents 6 years and older can achieve important health benefits by getting 1 hour (60 minutes) or more of daily physical activity. The Mid-course Reportexternal icon emphasizes the importance of children getting 60 minutes of activity throughout their entire day.
2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans pdf icon[PDF-8.35MB]external icon
The Federal Government has issued the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans to describe the types and amounts of physical activity that offer substantial health benefits to Americans.
Trends in Meeting the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines, 2008—2018 pdf icon[PDF-226KB]
Information on the percentage of adults and adolescents meeting the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.
The National Physical Activity Planexternal icon
This comprehensive set of policies, programs and initiatives aim to increase physical activity in all segments of the American population.
Guidelines for School and Community Programs to Promote Lifelong Physical Activity Among Young People
This document identifies strategies most likely to be effective in helping young people adopt and maintain a physically active lifestyle.
Physical Activity: Built Environment Approaches Combining Transportation System Interventions with Land Use and Environmental Designexternal icon
The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends built environment strategies that combine one or more interventions to improve