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Physical Activity Resource

Guide

Health Benefits of Being Physically Active

“Children are
living
messages we
send to a time
and place we
will never
see”

Being regularly physically active improves overall health and

-Mark Twain

http://health.gov/paguidelines/guidelines/chapter2.aspx

fitness and prevents many adverse health outcomes. The
benefits of physical activity occur in healthy people, people at
risk of developing chronic diseases, and people with current
chronic conditions or disabilities.

Physical Activity Recommendations for Preschool Children
Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Policies offer
recommendations and potential actions for preventing obesity in
infancy and early childhood by promoting healthy environments
for young children.
http://www.iom.edu/Reports/2011/Early-Childhood-Obesity-

Children have
Prevention-Policies/Recommendations.aspx
never been
very good at
listening to
their elders, Physical Activity Recommendations for Adolescent Children
but they have
Resource for learning how much and what type of physical
never failed to
activity children need. It also provides explanations and
imitate them.”
-James
Baldwin

examples of different types of physical activity.

http://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/everyone/guidelines/children
.html

Child Obesity
in the US has
tripled since
1980. The
percentage of
children 6-11
in the United
States who
were obese
increase from
7% in 1980 to
18% in 2012.
Similarly, the
percentage of
adolescents
aged 12-19
who were
obese
increased
from 5% to
21% over the
same period.

Resource explaining the importance of children being physically
active, and further detail as to what types of physical activity
and the duration of the physical activity.
http://health.gov/paguidelines/guidelines/chapter3.aspx
Resource explaining why it is so important to keep physical
activity incorporated into the school days. Explains why physical
education should be a core subject and why having access to
physical activity and physical education is important for
children.
http://www.iom.edu/Reports/2013/~/media/Files/Report
%20Files/2013/Educating-the-StudentBody/EducatingTheStudentBody_Insert.pdf

Physical Activity Recommendations for Adults
Explanation of how often and why types of physical activity

adults need.
http://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/everyone/guidelines/adults.h
tml

Key guidelines to follow explaining physical activity, while
providing more detail on the benefits of adults being physically
active.
http://health.gov/paguidelines/guidelines/chapter4.aspx

Physical Activity Recommendations for Older Adults
Resource for older adults on being physically activity with some
information regarding physical activity with health problems.
http://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/everyone/guidelines/olderad
Research
shows that
ults.html
school-based
nutrition and
physical
activity
interventions
can
More detail and guidelines for older adults being physically
successfully
impact these
active. Explains the health benefits as well as the importance of
health
avoiding inactivity.
behaviors in
addition to
http://health.gov/paguidelines/guidelines/chapter5.aspx
improving
academic
achievement.
Examples for Adding Physical Activity into Your Life

These resources provide a sample schedule of incorporating
physical activity into your daily life. It also gives examples of
ways children and adults can be physically active.

Being
ml
physically
active greatly
reduces your
risk of obesity
and other

http://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/everyone/getactive/index.ht

Children

http://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/everyone/getactive/children.
html
Older Adults
http://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/everyone/getactive/olderadu
lts.html