By Sarah Prowitt, MPH, ORISE Fellow and Alison Vaux-Bjerke, MPH, ORISE Fellow
Highlights from the third public meeting
The day began with presentations from the subcommittee chairs. Each subcommittee shared its progress since the last meeting, including draft conclusions and grades for its first question. The full Committee deliberated and provided feedback after each presentation.
The Committee invited Dr. Bill Haskell, chair of the 2008 Committee, to present his perspective on determining physical activity targets (i.e., dose-response) for the Advisory Committee’s scientific report. He also highlighted research that previously sedentary individuals achieve health benefits from any amount of physical activity, even when not meeting the Guidelines of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity each week. These findings reinforce the first recommendation in the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans – avoid physical inactivity.
The Committee also discussed how to approach physical activity recommendations for the transitional period from youth to adulthood, physical activity during pregnancy, as well as the role of fitness in the report. These topics have public health significance and members of the Committee are collaborating to ensure they are addressed.
Finally, the Committee discussed examining whether conclusions vary by weight status and decided to include that as a cross-cutting topic that would be searched within each of the literature reviews. Co-chair Dr. Ken Powell elaborated on Dr. Haskell’s presentation with further discussion of the challenges of setting physical activity targets across multiple outcomes, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and various types of cancer.
All of the subcommittee’s presentations are available to view online. If you weren’t able to watch the meeting live or you want to re-watch the action, you can view the archived videocast.
What happens next?
The Committee will meet two additional times in 2017— the third weeks of July and October. To stay up to date on the Committee’s progress, visit health.gov/paguidelines and sign up for email updates.
It’s not too late to make your voice heard: you can submit a written comment to the Committee throughout the duration of its work.
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