Physical Activity and Health Essentials

The field of public health is vast and encompasses issues ranging from genetics to environmental pollutants to health care to lifestyle related diseases. Physical inactivity is one of the most important lifestyle behaviors afflicting our nation; it plays a role in the most common chronic diseases, including coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and certain cancers. The human and financial toll of physical activity compels many public health professionals to look for new solutions to get more Americans to be regularly active.

Active living is a way of living in which individuals participate at least 30 minutes of physical activity on most days of the week.