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New Report: Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans

Being physically active is one of the most important things that people of all ages can do to improve their health. The latest edition of the Department of Health and Human Services “Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans” is clear: physical activity promotes growth and development and can make people feel better, function better, sleep better and reduce the risk of chronic diseases. Health benefits start immediately after exercising, and even short episodes of physical activity are good for you. Even better, research shows that just about everyone benefits: men and women, people living with a chronic condition or disability, young children and older adults. The key guidelines for older adults focus mainly on two types of activity—aerobic and muscle-strengthening and an entire chapterfocuses on older adults beginning on page 66. Check out all of the information at  The evidence about the health benefits of regular physical activity is well established, and research continues to provide insight into what works to get people moving.