Recap: 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee Meeting 4


By Alison Vaux-Bjerke, MPH, Senior ORISE Prevention Science Fellow and Katrina L. Piercy, PhD, RD, Physical Activity and Nutrition Advisor

The 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee held its fourth public meeting July 19 – 21, 2017. The subcommittees and work groups provided updates on the systematic literature review results for full committee deliberation. You can catch up on the Committee’s previous work from meeting 1, meeting 2, and meeting 3 in the Be Active Your Way blog archive.

Presentation Highlights

  • Physical activity helps prevent development of most types of cancer. Cancer – Primary Prevention Subcommittee
  • Physical activity can reduce weight gain over time. Cardiometabolic Health and Weight Management Subcommittee
  • Physical activity during pregnancy can reduce weight gained during pregnancy. Pregnancy Work Group

The Committee also discussed how they will synthesize the conclusions of the systematic literature review into its Scientific Report. This will provide a clear framework for the government as it develops the next edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. The Committee will identify how its work has expanded, updated, or modified the findings from 10 years ago, and also note what to carry forward from the 2008 Scientific Report.

All of the presentations and discussions 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. The full meeting summary will be posted to soon.

What happens next? The Committee will meet one more time in 2017— the third week of October. To stay up to date on the Committee’s progress, visit and sign up for email updates.

Get involved! 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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