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Physical Activity Guidelines

Section 2: Audiences

The 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans includes different guidance recommendations for Americans in each of several groups of the population including: youth, adults, older adults, and individuals with special considerations.

Regular physical activity is important for all Americans. The "Federal Resources" list supplied with this toolkit contains sample programs and complementary materials appropriate for other population groups such as youth and older adults. Additional resources can be found at and

The target population for the Be Active Your Way Guide and Fact Sheet for Adults is adult men and women aged 18 to 64 who are not meeting the Guidelines but are thinking about doing so or planning to be more physically active.

These materials are geared primarily, though not exclusively, to individuals who are not regularly physically active.

Guidance recommendations are for Americans aged 6 years and older.

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