The NIH Office of Disease Prevention convened the Physical Activity and Disease Prevention Workshop: Identifying Research Priorities on December 13–14, 2012. The workshop focused on improving physical activity assessment and research methods, implementing the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, and prioritizing the NIH physical activity research agenda.
The following materials were provided to inform the discussion on setting research goals and priorities.
The 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans provides science-based guidance to help Americans above age 6 improve their health through appropriate physical activity.
The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) along with the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, & Nutrition (PCFSN) convened a subcommittee to review the evidence on strategies to increase physical activity among youth (ages 3-17). The Midcourse Report is anticipated to be released in early 2013.
Coinciding with the opening of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, The Lancet published a Series on physical activity around the world. This issue includes information and evaluation on physical activity trends, current levels of physical activity, and evidence-based strategies for effective physical activity promotion. Additionally, an article by the Lancet Physical Activity Series Working Group analyzes the impact of physical inactivity on burden of disease and life expectancy worldwide.
In the Community Guide’s “Increasing Physical Activity” topic, systematic reviews of currently available evidence on physical activity interventions provide recommendations for improving the health of Americans. Below are the three focus areas reviewed under this topic: