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Children playing soccer outdoors as an example of increasing Physical Activity and Fitness

Physical Activity

Studies show that regular physical activity reduces the risk for depression, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, stroke, and certain kinds of cancer. Yet, only 1 in 5 adults meet the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans External Web Site Icon and less than 3 in 10 high school students get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day (CDC) External Web Site Icon.

Task Force Findings
Recommended Completed October 2016
Recommended Completed February 2007
Summary Table

This summary of CPSTF findings to increase physical activity can be used as a reference, included in presentations, or shared with colleagues.

Presentations and Promotional Materials

Action Guides

Developed by Partnership for Prevention with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Establishing a Community-Based Walking Group Program to Increase Physical Activity Among Youth and Adults External Web Site Icon

Facilitating Development of a Community Trail and Promoting Its Use to Increase Physical Activity Among Youth and Adults External Web Site Icon

Working with Schools to Increase Physical Activity Among Children and Adolescents in Physical Education Classes External Web Site Icon

Community Guide In Action: Stories from the Field

At MD Anderson, Wellness Starts in the Neighborhood

Creating Walkable Communities in Rural North Carolina
Walkable Communities: Video – 8:55 Audio/VideoExternal Web Site Icon

Enhanced Physical Education in Illinois: Improving Health and Reducing Chronic Disease

Evidence-Based Recommendations Get Minnesotans in the Groove

Familias Sanas y Activas: Improving Health among Latinos in San Diego

Healthy Schools Equal Healthy Kids

Investing in Worksite Wellness for Employees

It Takes a Village: Rural Residents Help Make Their Community Healthier

Mobilizing Funding Support to Battle Overweight and Obesity

Planning a Strategy: Changing the Way a County Health Department Addresses Health Conditions

Putting the Community Guide to Work at Workplaces: Partnering to Reach Employers

Rural Community Works Together to Stay "Fun and Fit"

Using Innovative Technology to Increase Physical Activity

Community Guide News

Developed by The Community Guide

Activity Monitors Boost Physical Activity Interventions

Combined Built Environment Features Help Communities Get Active

Community Preventive Services Task Force Recommends Enhanced School-Based Physical Education

Interventions for the Whole Family Get Kids Moving

Interventions to Increase Active Travel to School

One Pagers

Built Environment Approaches to Increase Physical Activity

Family-Based Interventions to Increase Physical Activity Among Children

Interventions Including Activity Monitors for Adults with Overweight or Obesity

Interventions to Increase Active Travel to School

Implementation Products

Connecting Routes + Destinations External Web Site Icon
Developed by CDC's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity in collaboration with The Community Guide
This package of online resources is designed to help communities implement combined built environment approaches to increase physical activity. By improving and connecting routes to destinations, communities can make it easier for people to choose to be physically active.


Active Transportation for Healthy Communities External Web Site Icon (November 29, 2018)
Developed by America Walks

Built Environment Interventions to Increase Physical Activity: Community Preventive Services Task Force Recommendations External Web Site Icon (October 11, 2017)
Developed by the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research in collaboration with The Community Guide

What Works – Fact Sheets

Increasing Physical Activity

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