On November 12, 2018, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd edition, which outlines the amounts and types of physical activity needed to maintain or improve overall health and reduce the risk of chronic disease. The document also highlights new benefits of physical activity and tested strategies that can be used to get all Americans more active.

What’s New in the 2018 Guidelines?

  • Evidence for even more health benefits of physical activity
  • Specific guidance for adults with osteoarthritis
  • Discussion of sedentary behavior
  • Tested strategies for physical activity promotion

Additionally, the Move Your Way campaign resources are designed to help explain the 2018 Guidelines to consumers. These resources include interactive tools, fact sheets, videos, and graphics that are available for communities, health professionals, and others to promote the health benefits of meeting the new recommendations, along with tips for how to help people become more active.

To help reinforce the importance of physical activity to overall health, CDC is working with states and communities through Active People, Healthy Nation – Creating an Active America, TogetherSM. By increasing activity-friendly environments, this initiative aims to help Americans become more physically active by 2027 to improve overall health and quality of life and to reduce healthcare costs.

As a valued CDC partner, we hope you find this information and the arthritis messages and graphics enclosed helpful. Please share with others who may be interested and include links about the Guidelines and new resources on your website, in newsletters, and in presentations.

Thank you for your continued partnership and support!