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

Physical Activity

Regular physical activity has benefits across the lifespan (Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd edition External Web Site Icon). Among children, it can improve fitness, bone health, attention, and some measures of academic performance. Among adults, it can lower the risk of high blood pressure, improve mental health, reduce arthritis, and prevent weight gain. And among older adults, physical activity can reduce the risk of falling, improve balance and joint mobility, prevent weak bones and muscle loss, and delay onset of cognitive decline.

Summary Table

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

Implementation Resources

Implementation Products

Active People, Healthy NationSM External Web Site Icon
This CDC initiative aims to help 27 million Americans become more physically active by 2027. The initiative promotes CPSTF-recommended strategies that work at the state and local level and includes links to data and implementation resources. The initiative is based on a foundation of inclusion and health.

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.

The Active Communities Tool (ACT): An Action Planning Guide and Assessment Modules to Improve Community Built Environments to Promote Physical Activity External Web Site Icon
Developed by CDC's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity in collaboration with The Community Guide
This CDC tool supports cross-sector teams working within a municipality to improve built environments for physical activity. It includes an action planning guide and assessment modules

Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd edition External Web Site Icon
Developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

CDC’s Health Impact in 5 Years (HI-5) Initiative External Web Site Icon
HI-5 highlights non-clinical, community-wide approaches that have evidence reporting 1) positive health impacts, 2) results within five years, and 3) cost effectiveness and/or cost savings over the lifetime of the population or earlier. The website features links to implementation resources and success stories that can help communities get started.

School-based Programs to Increase Physical Activity External Web Site Icon

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) External Web Site Icon

Public Transportation System Introduction or Expansion External Web Site Icon


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

Presentations and Promotional Materials

Community Guide In Action: Stories from the Field

At MD Anderson, Wellness Starts in the Neighborhood

CityHealth Gives Local Communities Evidence-Based Tools to Improve Health

CPSTF Built Environment Recommendation Gets Communities Moving

Creating Walkable Communities in Rural North Carolina
Walkable Communities: Video – 8:55 Audio/Video External 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

What Works – Fact Sheets

Increasing Physical Activity

One Pagers

Built Environment Approaches to Increase Physical Activity

Classroom-based Physical Activity Break Interventions

Classroom-based Physically Active Lesson Interventions

Digital Health Interventions for Adults 55 Years and Older

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

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

CPSTF Recommends Classroom-based Physical Activity Interventions

Digital Health Interventions Increase Physical Activity Among Adults 55 Years and Older

Interventions for the Whole Family Get Kids Moving

Interventions to Increase Active Travel to School

New Publication Features Economic Benefits of Active Travel to School

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