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New! Task Force recommends Built Environment Interventions to Increase Physical Activity

Have you heard? A new guide discusses the importance of intervention approaches to increase physical activity for all. 

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commguide.PNGBy The Community Guide

The Community Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) has released a new recommendation for physical activity. Built Environment Approaches Combining Transportation System Interventions with Land Use and Environmental Design are recommended to increase physical activity. Intervention approaches must be designed to enhance opportunities for active transportation, leisure-time physical activity, or both.

Why is this important?

  • Less than half of all adults, and 3 in 10 high school students in the United States, get the recommended daily amounts of physical activity (Carlson et al., 2010; CDC, 2014).
  • Regular physical activity is one of the most important things people can do for their health. It can help individuals:
    • Control weight
    • Reduce risk of cardiovascular disease
    • Reduce risk for type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome
    • Reduce risk of some cancers
    • Strengthen bones and muscles

Improve mental health and mood (CDC, 2015)

Share this information with others!

    • Evidence supports combined built environment approaches to increase  physical activity: http://bit.ly/2oYW1UT #TheCommunityGuide
    • See #TheCommunityGuide for new findings from @CPSTF about creating better environments for physical activity: http://bit.ly/2oYW1UT

We encourage you to share these materials with your colleagues and constituents. If you do, please e-mail us at communityguide@cdc.gov with audience information (e.g., who, approximate size), and if possible, a copy of/link to your communication materials.

The Guide to Community Preventive Services (The Community Guide) is a website that is a collection of all the evidence-based findings and recommendations of the Community Preventive Services Task Force.