Healthy Children - March 2018

Physical Activity Basics

Being physically actie can improve your healthy – today, tomorrow, and in the future. However, most people do not do enough physical activity. People of all types, shapes, sizes, and abilities can benefit from being physically active. The more you do, the greater the health benefits and better you’ll feel.

  • What is physical activity?
  • Why is physical activity important?
  • How much physical activity is needed?
  • How many calories does physical activity use (burn)?
  • Tips for increasing physical activity

Physical Activity Guidelines Midcourse Report – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, in partnership with the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, has released the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Midcourse Report: Strategies to Increase Physical Activity among Youth.

The 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, describe the types and amounts of physical activity that offer substantial health benefits. These guidelines, as well as other health-related information, can be found at Health.gov. Information about physical activity and health is also available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) physical activity page.