Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans


ACSM Scientific Pronouncements: Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans

ACSM is pleased to present the scientific reviews underlying the second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines. Health professionals, scientists, community organizations and policymakers can use the papers included in the ACSM Scientific Pronouncements: Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd Edition to promote more active, healthier lifestyles for individuals and communities.

RIGHT In this webinar, Dr. Katrina Piercy and Dr. Kenneth Powell outline:
• How the Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee was formed and its role;
• Organizing and drafting the 2018 scientific report;
• Developing the manuscripts that were published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®;
• What the scientific pronouncements mean for ACSM members; and
• How ACSM members can use the pronouncements

About the Scientific Pronouncements

  • Comprised of top physical activity and health experts, the Physical Activities Guidelines Advisory Committee (PAGAC) reviewed current scientific literature on physical activity and health and prepared the scientific report for the second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Fourteen of the 17 PAGAC committee members are current ACSM members or fellows.

  • Learn more about the best practice systematic review methodology the committee used to generate the scientific report.

  • The PAGAC Scientific Report summarizes the disease prevention and health promotion benefits of being physically active. The report provides the rationale for the second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.

Featured Blog


High-Intensity Interval Training | For Fitness, for Health or Both?

By: Kenneth Powell, M.D., MPH, FACSM

High-intensity interval training (HIIT) remains a common component of exercise regimens designed to improve fitness and performance for multiple age groups. Research interest on HIIT has surged in recent years due to the health benefits HIIT also provides. Benefits include improved insulin sensitivity, blood pressure and body composition.

Read the blog for a summary of this pronouncement, some of the conclusions, opportunities for additional research and the evidence behind the HIIT guidelines. 

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