Goals > Physical Activity
Being physically active is one of the most important things people can do to improve and maintain their health. Regular physical activity benefits everyone, no matter their age, gender, ethnicity or ability. Half of all Americans have one or more preventable chronic diseases, most of which can be influenced by physical activity (CDC, 2018).
Physical activity can be undertaken throughout the day, not just in dedicated time slots. Incorporating physical activity as part of daily life is recommended as a strategy to meet physical activity guidelines (US DHHS, 2015).
Equity and Inclusion
Not everyone has equal opportunity to incorporate physical activity on a regular basis. Disparities in physical inactivity exist across racial and ethnic groups, geographic location, and socioeconomic status. The existence of these disparities can be traced in large part to decisions made by by federal, state, and local governments, including transportation and land use planners, that have resulted in inequitable access to community environments that support health (Bullard, 2003).
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