2008 Physical Activity Guidelines
The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans in an on-going effort to combat the national obesity and physical inactivity epidemics that are affecting the nation. The Guidelines provide information related to the duration and level of intensity of suggested activity necessary for health benefits for all Americans over the age of six. The current trend in America is an ever expanding waistline and decreasing levels of physical activity throughout the country. As more and more Americans decrease their level of physical activity, they burn fewer calories leading to excess weight gain, thereby limiting their ability to exercise, at the same time routine physical inactivity decreases flexibility and strength measures, all of which eventually culminate in chronic inactivity and negative health consequences including hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and eventual loss of independence. Even with increased education related to the benefits of regular exercise participation over the past few years, America has continued to become less active.