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Putting the Guidelines Into Practice Although the Advisory Committee did not review strategies to promote physical activity, action is needed at the individual, community, and societal levels to help Americans become physically active. Publications such as the Guide to Community Preventive Services ( http://www.thecommunityguide.org/pa/ ) and the recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force ( http://www.ahrq.gov/clinic/cps3dix.htm ) summarize evidence-based strategies for promoting physical activity on the community level and through primary health care. Accordingly, the final chapter of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans provides only a brief discussion on promoting physical activity, and indicates how to link the Guidelines to action strategies. Assessing Whether Physical Activity Programs Are Consistent With the Guidelines
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Unformatted text preview: Programs that provide opportunities for physical activity, such as classes or community activities, can help people meet the Guidelines. These programs do not have to provide all, or even most, of the recommended weekly activity. For example, a mall walking program for older adults may meet only once a week yet provide useful amounts of activity, as long as people get the rest of their weekly recommended activity on other days. Programs that is consistent with the Guidelines: Provide advice and education consistent with the Guidelines; Add episodes of activity that count toward meeting the Guidelines; and May also include activities, such as stretching or warming up and cooling down, whose health benefits are not yet proven but that are often used in effective physical activity programs....
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