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Physical Activity Program


The goal of the Arizona Physical Activity Program is to promote moderate daily physical activity in order to prevent and control chronic disease morbidity and mortality.

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We Are Designed to Move

Designed to Move

Designed to Move is a campaign to provide a framework for action to increase physical activity. It was spearheaded by both private companies and non-profit agencies. Big corporations worked alongside organizations such as the Special Olympics, Inter-American Development Bank, Partnership for a Healthier America and American Academy of Pediatrics to identify one vision and two "asks," or goals.

The vision identified was to increase physical activity levels in youth. The two "asks" were 1) Create early positive experiences for children, relating to physical activity, and 2) Re-design communities to support physical activity. Striving for those two "asks" will help increase physical activity, and create a healthier generation of children. At ADHS, we are working hard to address both "asks." Our Empower Program works to create healthy environments at child care centers that encourage physical activity; the Arizona Chronic Disease Strategic Plan addresses the need to focus efforts on building healthy communities. What are you doing to increase physical activity?

Designed to Move - A Physical Activity Action AgendaPDF

National Physical Activity Plan

The National Physical Activity Plan is a comprehensive set of strategies, including policies, practices and initiatives, aimed at increasing physical activity in all Americans. The goal of this multi-sector, public/private partnership is to produce a marked and progressive increase in the percentage of Americans who meet physical activity guidelines throughout life.

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Physical Activity Guidelines: Midcourse ReportPDF
The Midcourse Report discusses strength of evidence for strategies at schools, in child care settings, and through built environment changes that increase physical activity. The document also addresses next steps for research, the impact policy can have, and the importance of technology-based approaches.

Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA)

The Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA) challenge will help you add activity to your life, and reward you when you do. This challenge is for anyone, from students to seniors, but it's geared toward people who want to set themselves on the path to fitness success. Here are the goals:

  • Adults (that's anyone aged 18 and older): You need to be active 30 minutes a day, at least 5 days a week, for 6 out of 8 weeks. As an alternative, you can count your daily activity steps using a pedometer (goal: 8,500).
  • Kids and teens (that's anyone between 6 and 17 years): You need to be active 60 minutes a day, at least 5 days a week, for 6 out of 8 weeks. As an alternative, you can count your daily activity steps using a pedometer (girls' goal: 11,000; boys' goal: 13,000).

It's easy to earn the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award. All it takes is a nearly daily commitment to physical activity for 6 out of 8 weeks. Stick with the program and you'll earn an award in less than two months. So what are you waiting for? Sign up today!

Physical Activity Guidelines

In 2008, The Federal Government issued its first-ever Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. The types and amounts of physical activity that offer substantial health benefits to Americans are described on the website listed below:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Physical Activity Guidelines.