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Being physically active is one of the most important steps that Iowans of all ages can take to improve their health. The 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans provides science-based guidance to help Iowans aged 6 and older to improve their health through appropriate physical activity.

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans At-A-Glance: A Fact Sheet for Professionals is designed for busy professionals as a quick desk-side reference to the >2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

These Guidelines are needed because of the importance of physical activity to the health of Americans, whose current inactivity puts them at unnecessary risk. The latest information shows that inactivity among American children, adolescents, and adults remains relatively high, and little progress has been made in increasing levels of physical activity among Americans.

Not meeting the 150 minutes of daily physical activity or planning to begin a fitness routine? Follow the Be Active Your Way Fact Sheet which provides encouraging, realistic and helpful messages about the guidelines.