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November 20, 2018

Physical Activity Guidelines for Health and Prosperity in the United States

Author Affiliations
  • 1Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, US Department of Health and Human Services
  • 2Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, US Department of Health and Human Services
JAMA. 2018;320(19):1971-1972. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.16998

According to the recently released Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd edition (PAG)1 and as summarized in this issue of JAMA,2 it is estimated that in the United States, nearly $117 billion in annual health care costs and 10% of all premature mortality are associated with failure to meet the levels of recommended aerobic physical activity. Only 26% of men, 19% of women, and 20% of adolescents meet the PAG recommendations, despite the fact that these recommendations are readily achievable by most individuals in the United States.1,2

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