Physical Activity

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Find resources to increase your knowledge of physical activity promotion and education. Includes background information on physical activity as well as audience- or age-specific promotions and programs, reports and statistics, and online tools.



Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans cover 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans

DHHS. Office of Disease Prevention & Health Promotion.

The Federal Government has issued its first-ever Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. They describe the types and amounts of physical activity that offer substantial health benefits to Americans. Spanish Guidebook (PDF 770KB) and a Spanish fact sheet (PDF 600KB) are also available.


Steps to Wellness: A Guide to Implementing the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans in the Workplace

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This tool kit provides easy and understandable steps on how to get people moving while they are at work. Includes assessment, planning and evaluation materials.


Healthy People 2020 logo Healthy People: Physical Activity and Fitness

DHHS. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

Goal is to improve health, fitness, and quality of life through daily physical activity. Includes 15 objectives, several interventions and other resources.


Physical Activity Resources for Health Professionals

DHHS. CDC. National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

Includes recommendations and guidelines, facts sheets, press releases, and more.


Image of Active at Any Size booklet cover Active at Any Size

DHHS. NIH. NIDDK. Weight-control Information Network.

Very large people face special challenges in trying to be active. This booklet offers tips and motivation to get started being more active and having a healthier lifestyle.


Photograph of a middle aged woman doing a sit-up. Exercise and Physical Activity for Older Adults

DHHS. NIH. National Institute on Aging.

Interactive web site that discusses the benefits of exercise for older adults, safety, sample exercises and charting progress. Features pictures of active older adults, video clips, and quizzes. The "Frequently Asked Questions" section addresses nutrition and equipment needs.


Bright Futures in Practice: Physical Activity

Georgetown University. National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health.

Provides developmental guidelines on physical activity for the periods of infancy through adolescence. View characteristics of excellent physical activity programs for children and adolescents and guidance to building partnerships to promote physical activity.


How Much Physical Activity Do You Need?

DHHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Offers physical activity guidelines for children, adults and older adults, and discusses ways to fit activity into your daily routine.


Physical Activity Toolkit

DHHS. CDC. National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

Provides links to physical activity Web sites for youth.


Check Your Physical Activity & Heart Disease I.Q.

DHHS. NIH. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

This online tool uses true and false statements to test knowledge about the effects of physical activity on the heart. Answers are provided.


Get Physical Activity Facts

DHHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Links to the Youth Physical Activity Guidelines Toolkit (PDF 2.3MB), which highlights community support strategies for youth and includes activities, handouts, and templates.


SPARK Physical Education Lesson Plans

Sports, Play and Active Recreation for Kids (SPARK) Program.

Download free physical education (PE) lesson plans, find PE games or get new PE ideas appropriate for early childhood through middle school.


Are Youth Becoming More Physically Active? (PDF | 2.20 MB)

DHHS. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

Read strategies to increase physical activity in youth across a variety of settings. March 2013.