Built Environment Approaches to Increase Physical Activity

Published: August 13, 2020

Group of women together walking in the city
  • According to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2017, adults should move more and sit less. Substantial benefits are seen when adults do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity per week and children and adolescents do at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity daily.
  • This advisory highlights Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) recommendations for built environment approaches to increase physical activity.
  • The advisory identifies practical approaches that may improve cardiovascular health in the community and recommends strategies proven to improve land use, environmental design, and transportation systems.