Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Midcourse Report: Implementation Strategies for Older Adults (Midcourse Report). The Midcourse Report is a guide to help policy makers; exercise and health professionals; health care providers; gerontologists; built environment professionals; local, state, territorial, and tribal leaders; and others working with older adults implement strategies to support physical activity among adults ages 65 years and older.
The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (Guidelines) serve as the primary, authoritative voice of the federal government for evidence-based guidance on physical activity, fitness, and health for Americans. Less than 15 percent of older adults meet the recommendations outlined in the Guidelines. The Midcourse Report aims to change this by highlighting effective strategies and interventions to increase physical activity levels among older Americans while reinforcing the message that physical activity can begin or restart at any age.
Support the activities in the Midcourse Report by using resources from Move Your Way® - the promotional campaign for the Guidelines. Materials are available for older adults and health care providers, including videos, social media messages, fact sheets, posters, and the newly updated Activity Planner in English and Spanish.