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Entries in Physical Activity Guidelines (13)


Federal Dietary Panel Urges Exercise and Healthy Eating

An advisory panel for the 2010 Dietary Guidelines released a report this week stating that obesity is "the single greatest threat to public health in this century," while urging Americans to slash calories and increase their physical activity. The preliminary report focuses not only on suggesting changes to the average American diet, such as shifting to a more plant-based diet and cutting fats and sugar, but also on increasing physical activity. 

In particular, the report urges the public to meet the recommendations of the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. While past dietary guidelines have referenced physical activity, these are the first recommendations that point to the 2008 Guidelines, which provide more specific to different segments of the population, such as children, adults, and older Americans. 

The public now has 30 days to comment on the panel’s report. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture expect to release the final version of the guidelines this fall. 


Physical Activity Guidelines Interpreted for Health Care Professionals

The article notes that in the future, federal health policy will likely place more of an emphasis on preventing chronic diseases than just on treatment of disease. Though it also acknowledges that current training for providers on how to counsel patients about physical activity is limited, training of future providers offers an opportunity to improve this area of medical education. For now, resources such as the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans will help medical and public health professionals respond effectively to the new expectations and opportunities.

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IHRSA Blogs for HHS

As a leader in bringing physical activity to the community level, IHRSA has been invited to contribute to the Be Active Your Way Blog hosted by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. The purpose of the blog is to stimulate dialog among professionals who work on physical activity promotion about how they can encourage Americans to get the exercise they need based on the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.

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