The Physical Activity Program coordinates state activities by expanding and integrating physical activity initiatives into other chronic disease programs to promote health and prevent chronic disease incidence, morbidity and mortality. While continually evaluating the physical activity status of all Pennsylvanians, the program then collaborates with other chronic disease programs within the Department of Health, including nutrition, heart disease and stroke, diabetes, osteoporosis, injury prevention and cancer control. The program activities focus on increasing moderate levels of physical activity for all Pennsylvanians through increasing awareness of the Surgeon General’s recommendation of at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity most days of the week for better health and promoting behavior change.
The 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, the first recommendations by the federal government since the 1996 Surgeon General's Report on physical activity, is accessible at http://www.health.gov/paguidelines/.
For Additional Physical Activity Information:
The PAWalkWorks.com website includes a description of the WalkWorks initiative, designed to increase physical activity among children and adults in six rural western Pennsylvania counties, and an executive summary for the Final Evaluation Report on the Pennsylvania WalkWorks initiative. Please click on the following link to access the site: www.pawalkworks.com.
If you are looking for ways to motivate your co-workers and students, post these Stair Prompts for Decision along the stairways and encourage everyone to take the stairs!
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