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About the Second Edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines

According to the Second Edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines to attain the most health benefits from physical activity, adults need at least 150 to 300 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, like brisk walking or fast dancing, each week. Adults also need muscle-strengthening activity, like lifting weights or doing push-ups, at least 2 days each week.    

-The first key guideline for women is to move more and sit less.

-We now know that any amount of physical activity has some health benefits.

-New evidence shows that physical activity has immediate
 health benefits.

-We now know that meeting the recommendations in the Physical Activity Guidelines  consistently over time can lead to even more long-term health benefits. (New benefits appear in bold) For women, physical activity helps prevent 8 types of cancer ( bladder, breast, colon, endometrium, esophagus, kidney, stomach, and lung); reduces the risk of dementia (including Alzheimer's disease), all-cause mortality, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and depression; and improves bone health, physical function, and quality of life.

-For older women, physical activity also lowers the risk of falls and injuries from falls.

-For all women, physical activity reduces the risk of
excessive weight gain and helps women maintain a healthy weight.

-New evidence shows that physical activity can help
manage more health conditions that women already have as well.

New Campaign Launched
Move Your Way   

Based on the latest science, the updated Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans is an essential resource for Ladies First providers that provides recommendations on how everyone can improve their health through regular physical activity.

The Move Your Way campaign was created by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to be used by providers to communicate to their patients in plain language about the recommendations from the Guidelines, promote the health benefits of meeting the recommendations, and provide tips for how patients can meet the recommendations.

Campaign resources, including interactive tools, fact sheets, videos, and graphics like above, are available here >