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Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd Edition

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  • The American Heart Association is adopting the 2018 physical activity guidelines published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) which were announced on Monday, November 12, 2018, at the American Heart Association’s flagship meeting Scientific Sessions.
  • The last set of physical activity guidelines published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was released in 2008. The guidelines are reviewed and updated, as necessary, every 10 years.
  • The 2018 physical activity guidelines greatly expand the list of health benefits credited to physical activity; provide information about how to achieve those benefits; and show the types, volumes and intensities associated with those benefits.
  • The guidelines are recommendations based on new evidence supporting the connections between physical activity, disease prevention and quality of life.

Read the full Physical Activity Guidelines (opens in a new window)

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