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The Development of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Since 1995 the Dietary Guidelines for Americans has included advice on physical activity. However, with the development of a firm science base on the health benefits of physical activity, HHS began to consider whether separate physical activity guidelines were appropriate. With the help of the Institute of Medicine, HHS convened a workshop in October 2006 to address this question. The workshop’s report, Adequacy of Evidence for Physical Activity Guidelines Development ( http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=11819 ), affirmed that advances in the science of physical activity and health justified the creation of separate physical activity guidelines. The steps used to develop the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans were similar to those used for the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. In 2007 HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt appointed an external scientific advisory committee called the Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee. The
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