Upcoming Guidelines

Overview

ODPHP, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, and the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, is leading development of the second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (Physical Activity Guidelines or the Guidelines).

The Physical Activity Guidelines is an essential resource for health professionals and policymakers. The current edition includes recommendations for Americans ages 6 years and over — including those at increased risk of chronic disease — and provides science-based advice on how physical activity can help promote health and reduce the risk of chronic disease. The Guidelines serves as the primary, authoritative voice of the federal government for evidence-based guidance on physical activity, fitness, and health for Americans.

The first edition of the Guidelines was released in 2008. Five years after this release, HHS developed the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Midcourse Report: Strategies to Increase Physical Activity Among Youth. The second edition of the Guidelines will build upon the first edition and form a foundation for federal physical activity and education programs.

Process

As the first step in the process of updating the Guidelines, 17 nationally recognized experts in physical activity and health were appointed to serve on the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee (the Committee).

The Committee worked for 21 months to examine current scientific evidence on the relationship between physical activity and health. The Committee’s work culminated with a scientific advisory report of evidence-based recommendations submitted to the Secretary of HHS in February 2018. Members of the public were able to provide comments throughout that process. This website provided a platform for submitting and viewing public comments and houses all materials related to the revision process, including announcements, minutes, slides, and archived videocast recordings of public Committee meetings.

HHS is accepting public comments on the Scientific Report and will review the Committee’s recommendations, and public and agency comments during development of the second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, scheduled for release before the end of CY 2018.

Information will also be published in the Federal Register.

Timeline

The tentative timeline for the development and release of the second edition of the Guidelines is provided below.

Winter 2015/2016

  • HHS solicited nominations for the Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee

Summer 2016

  • Committee members were appointed by the HHS Secretary
  • The Committee held its first public meeting (open to the public in person and via videocast)
  • Review of current scientific evidence began
  • Public comment database was opened

Fall 2016 to Winter 2017/2018

  • The Committee held additional public meetings (1 meeting included public oral testimony; all were open to the public via videocast)
  • The Committee reviewed current scientific evidence

Winter 2017/2018

  • The Committee submitted its scientific advisory report to the HHS Secretary and disbanded
  • The Committee’s scientific advisory report is available to the public for comment

Winter 2017/2018 to Summer 2018

  • HHS considers the Committee’s scientific recommendations and public and agency comments
  • HHS prepares the second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines

Late 2018

  • HHS releases the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd edition

2018 and Beyond

  • The updated recommendations from the second edition of the Guidelines are implemented in federal initiatives, programs, and resources such as the PALA+, I Can Do It!, and Presidential Youth Fitness Programs; physical activity data collection and monitoring; and Healthy People national public health objectives