2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Outreach
Being physically active is one of the most important things
Americans can do to improve their health. Physical activity is linked with many
positive health benefits, including lowering risk of early death and a number
of chronic diseases and conditions. Physical activity also gives people the
opportunity to have fun, enjoy the outdoors, and be with family and
The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans are the first-ever
comprehensive physical activity guidelines published by the Federal Government.
The 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans published by the
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provide recommendations that
Americans aged 6 and older can use to help themselves become physically active
on a regular basis. HHS has released the Guidelines as a way to help Americans
enhance their quality of life and reduce the personal, social, and economic
costs of inactivity.
Together with your commitment to promoting the Guidelines we will:
- Create public awareness
- Inform people about the many benefits of regular physical
- Make opportunities available to boost physical activity among
- Aim to build consumer confidence and social support for being
- Offer people a variety of ways to add physical activity into their
By working together, we have an unprecedented opportunity to encourage
Americans of all ages and abilities to be more active.
We encourage all organizations with physical activity as part of their
mission to sign up and be listed as a Supporter of the Physical Activity
Guidelines for Americans. For more information, please visit:
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