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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services wants your help to shape the next edition of its Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, which haven’t been updated since 2008.
The guidelines recommend how everyone can improve their health with regular physical activity.
Now, a new report from the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee shows how higher levels of physical activity among children and adolescents are associated with favorable health outcomes, including heart and muscle fitness, bone health, and weight status.
Speak up on to shape the guidelines now!
Copy this model public comment developed by our Salud America! research team, click the “submit” button, and paste the comment on health.gov’s comments website by April 2, 2018:
I support establishing strong physical activity guidelines for children. The 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee has uncovered that higher amounts of physical activity among children and adolescents are associated with favorable health outcomes, including heart and muscle fitness, bone health, and weight status, as well as improved cognitive function in children ages 6-13. These findings are especially relevant for Latino families. Fewer Latinos (70%) than whites (82.5%) say their neighborhood has safe play spaces for kids, according to a research review by Salud America! at http://salud.to/spacesstudy. This research also found that unpleasant neighborhood conditions, such as trashed streets, dilapidated playgrounds, unleashed dogs, and speeding cars, prohibited kids from being active in a Latino region. I urge you to closely consider the findings of Salud America! and the Advisory Committee as you develop the second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, and increasingly focus on the physical activity of children at the earlier ages, in order to foster the healthiest, most physically active America possible for Latino and all children and families.
Your comments will be considered, along with the new report by the Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee, in the development of the 2nd Edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.
The new guidelines will be released later this year.