Physical Activity

Soccer ball Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity

DHHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Guide to Physical Activity

DHHS. NIH. NHLBI. Obesity Education Initiative.

Provides information on the benefits of physical activity, examples of moderate physical activity, and advice for beginners.

Provides information about the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. Includes links to current news as well as other federal health publications.

Physical Activity: Why Is It Important (PDF | 592 KB)

The President's Council on Fitness, Sport & Nutrition.

Includes information on physical activity and obesity, and ways physical activity can impact your overall health.

Physical Activity and Nutrition Research Digests

The President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition.

Find research digests on physical activity and nutrition.

Exercise and Weight Control

President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition.

Discover how regular activity can help control your weight and get tips for starting and keeping up a regular exercise routine. Learn how to calculate the calories burned by common activities.

MedlinePlus: Physical Activity

DHHS. NIH. National Library of Medicine.

Provides information on physical activity and the body's use of calories as well as illustrations and definitions. Also in Spanish.

Image of Active at Any Size

DHHS. NIDDK. Weight-control Information Network.

Information on exercise for larger people, focusing on exercise safety and health benefits. Also in PDF|3.4 MB.

Sample Walking Program

DHHS. NIH. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Details a sample walking program designed to increase cardiovascular health and lower blood pressure.

Sisters Together: Move More, Eat Better

DHHS. NIH. NIDDK. Weight-control Information Network.

Provides background information for the Sisters Together initiative, designed to encourage African American women to be physically active and eat healthier foods. Initiative also provides a program guide and other resources.

Exercise & Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide from the National Institute on Aging

DHHS. NIH. National Institute on Aging.

An updated guide for older adults on how to incorporate physical activity into everyday life. Includes sample exercises, progress tracking tips, and information on healthy eating. Also available in PDF (4.9 MB) or ordered via print copy.