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Federal Government Releases New Guidelines Urging Americans To Exercise Even For A Few Minutes

Wednesday, November 14, 2018   (0 Comments)
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The Washington Post (11/11) reports that a committee appointed by the Department of Health and Human Services released new guidelines urging Americans to exercise even if it is just for a few minutes at a time. The new guidelines, which were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, replace the previous guidance from 2008 that recommended exercising for periods of at least 10 minutes.


USA Today (11/12) reports the new guidelines call for “adults to get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity and two sessions of muscle-strengthening activity each week.” The article adds that “less than a third of Americans, and only one in five teenagers, meet” the new guidelines, according to HHS.


The AP (11/12) reports the guidelines also include children younger than six for the first time. The new guidelines “say preschoolers ages three through five should be encouraged to take part in active play throughout the day.”


NBC News (11/12) reports on its website that Dr. Brett Giroir, assistant secretary for health at HHS, said, “Instead of things getting harder and harder and harder and harder, it is actually easier to achieve the recommendations in the physical activity guidelines.” Janet Fulton of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that public policy can facilitate exercise, “Everyone should have the right to walk or bike in their neighborhood. Everyone should be able to walk from their homes to the park, or walk to work.”


CNN (11/12) reports on its website that Giroir also said, “The new guidelines demonstrate that, based on the best science, everyone can dramatically improve their health just by moving – anytime, anywhere, and by any means that gets you active.”

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