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 friends.

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 activity
  • Make opportunities available to boost physical activity among Americans
  • Aim to build consumer confidence and social support for being active
  • Offer people a variety of ways to add physical activity into their lives

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: www.health.gov/paguidelines.