Collectively, through collaboration, coordination, and transformational thinking, organizations like the American Heart Association need to bring the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans to life. As our association begins moving toward our 2030 strategic goal to improve healthy life expectancy, we will continue to prioritize increased physical activity and physical fitness as an important contribution to help reach that goal. Physical activity and physical fitness independently contribute to health and well-being, but also improve many other health factors such as obesity, high blood pressure, prediabetes, depression and anxiety. It is important for all Americans to ideally move with more intensity and duration to improve these health factors. At the American Heart Association, we are committed to bringing the Guidelines to life. This blog outlines some of the ways we are working with key partners to do that and we hope that our public health partners will make this a continuously expanding list as we all contribute to implementing the Guidelines.

The National Physical Activity Plan Alliance hosted an informational webinar about the updated Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans on November 13th, 2018.

Katrina Piercy, PhD, RD, ACSM-CEP and Frances Bevington, MA from the HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion presented about the updated key guidelines, what’s new, and information about the new Move Your Way campaign.…

By: Don Wright, MD, MPH, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health; Director, ODPHP

The evidence is clear: being physically active is one of the most important things people can do to improve their health. Since 2008, the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans has been the go-to resource for policy makers and health professionals, providing evidence-based physical activity recommendations for all Americans.…