In 2008 the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services introduced the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. The guidelines provided "science- based guidance to help American aged 6 and older improve their health through appropriate physical activity."Key Guidelines for Children and Adolescents
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- Children and Adolescents should do 60 minutes (1 hour) or more of physical activity daily.
- Aerobic: Most of the 60 or more minutes a day should be either moderate- or vigorous- intensity aerobic physical activity, and should include vigorous- intensity physical activity at least 3 days a week.
- Muscle-strengthening: As part of their 60 or more minutes of daily physical activity, children and adolescents should include muscle-strengthening physical activity on at least 3 days of the week.
- Bone-strengthening: As part of their 60 or more minutes of daily physical activity, children and adolescents should include bone-strengthening physical activity on at least 3 days of the week.
- It is Important to encourage young people to participate in physical activities that are appropriate for their age, that are enjoyable, and that offer variety.
Last Modified on April 21, 2014