Recommendations & Guidelines
The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Midcourse Report: Strategies to Increase Physical Activity Among Youth
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 Report emphasizes the importance of children getting 60 minutes of activity throughout their entire day.
2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans
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—2015 [PDF-170KB]
Information on the percentage of adults and adolescents meeting the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.
The National Physical Activity Plan
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.
The Community Guide
The Guide to Community Preventive Services is a free resource to help you choose programs and policies to improve health and prevent disease in your community.
- Page last reviewed: January 24, 2017
- Page last updated: January 24, 2017
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