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SECTION 1: ABOUT THE GUIDELINES Relationship to Previous Public Health Recommendations In 1995 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) published physical activity recommendations for public health. The report stated that adults should accumulate at least 30 minutes a day of moderate- intensity physical activity on most, preferably all, days per week. In 1996 Physical Activity and Health: A Report of the Surgeon General supported this same recommendation. In order to track the percentage of adults who meet this guideline, CDC specified that “most” days per week was 5 days. Since 1995 the common recommendation has been that adults obtain at least
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Unformatted text preview: 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on 5 or more days a week, for a total of at least 150 minutes a week. The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans affirms that it is acceptable to follow the CDC/ACSM recommendation and similar recommendations. However, according to the Advisory Committee report, the CDC/ACSM guideline was too specific. In other words, existing scientific evidence does not allow researchers to say, for example, whether the health benefits of 30 minutes on 5 days a week are any different from the health benefits of 50 minutes on 3 days a week. As a result, the new Guidelines allow a person to accumulate 150 minutes a week in various ways....
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