Not meeting physical activity guidelines has been associated with approximately 10% of premature deaths in the US and billions of dollars in avoidable healthcare costs. The Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee reviewed the evidence and has produced the 2nd edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (PAG). The HHS is responsible for “all aspects of development” of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd edition (PAG).
The PAG committee incorporated new data as well as established evidence to produce the updated guidelines on physical activity for Americans. The primary audience for these guidelines are healthcare providers. While there have been some gains with respect to physical activity, the risk for chronic disease and increased mortality remain a serious public health concern.
Children and Adolescents
Adults and Older Adults
Notes on intensity
The risk reduction of high ﬁtness on dementia was stronger for the crude peak workload than for peak workload/body weight. This is similar to studies on all-cause mortality in which obese ﬁt individuals have a mortality risk similar to that of normal-weight ﬁt individuals. This highlights the need for ﬁtness-driven, rather than weight loss–driven, approaches.
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