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Physical Activity Guidelines

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Federal Tools

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To find age-based resources and tools for helping Americans get more physically active, check out these websites.

Children and Adolescents

  • The Youth Physical Activity Guidelines Toolkit from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlights strategies that schools, families, and communities can use to support youth physical activity.
  • The Presidential Youth Fitness Program is a national voluntary school-based program that includes fitness assessment, professional development and recognition.
  • The National Institutes of Health's We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children's Activity & Nutrition) national education program is designed to give families and communities a variety of materials, tools, training, and other information to encourage a healthy and physically active lifestyle.
  • Let's Move! is a comprehensive national initiative launched by First Lady Michelle Obama dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation.
  • The CDC's BAM! Body and Mind is an interactive online resource designed to give kids 9-13 years old information they need to make healthy lifestyle choices.
  • Let's Move! Active Schools is a program for teachers, teachers, principals, administrators, and parents to create active environments that enable all students to get moving and reach their full potential.

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Adults

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  • The President’s Challenge Adult Fitness Test allows individuals to assess their aerobic fitness muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, and body composition.
  • The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion’s Eat Healthy, Be Active Community Workshops includes six, one-hour lessons designed for community educators, health professionals, and others who want to help adults in their community make healthier food choices and be more active.
  • SuperTracker is an online tool from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that helps individuals plan, analyze, and track what and how much they eat, as well as their daily physical activity.

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Older Adults

  • Go4Life is an exercise and physical activity campaign from the National Institute on Aging designed to help older adults fit exercise and physical activity into their daily life no matter what their age.

More Helpful Links

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To learn more about what other federal government agencies are doing to promote health and wellness, please visit these federal websites.

  • The President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition promotes programs and initiatives that motivate people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities to lead active, healthy lives.
  • The President's Challenge helps people of all ages and abilities increase their physical activity and improve their fitness through research-based information, easy-to-use tools, and friendly motivation.
  • The Presidential Active Lifestyle Award, or PALA+, challenges people of all ages to get active and eat better and offers a certificate of completion
  • Healthy People 2020 provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans and includes specific physical activity goals.
  • The National Institutes on Aging, NIH leads research activities to understand the nature of aging, support the health and well being of older adults, and extend healthy, active years of life.
  • The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, NIH promotes the prevention and treatment of heart, lung, and blood diseases so people can live longer and more fulfilling lives.
  • CDC's Division of Adolescent and School Health promotes the health and well being of children and adolescents to enable them to become healthy and productive adults.
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  • CDC's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity works to implement policy and environmental strategies to make healthy eating and active living more accessible and affordable.
  • The National Prevention Strategy implemented by the Surgeon General aims to guide our nation in the most effective and achievable means for improving health and well being.
  • The Surgeon General's Healthy Fit Nation encourages Americans to add walking to their daily routine to help reach the physical activity goals outlined in the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines.
  • The SuperTracker tool from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers personalized nutrition and physical activity plans. Users can track their food and activity and get tips to help them make healthier choices.

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