AICR champions the latest and most authoritative research on lifestyle and cancer. We advocate for federal guidelines to integrate this research into their recommendations.
The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, released by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in 2018, provides activity recommendations for the general health of all Americans. AICR continues to monitor the Physical Activity Guidelines to ensure they adhere to our evidence on physical activity and cancer risk.
How We Are Taking Action
Physical Activity Guidelines
In the development of the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines, AICR was pleased to see that the advisory committee forming these recommendations included cancer experts. We will remain engaged in the process to update or create new guidelines, advocating for recommendations that make it easier for people of all ages to get enough physical activity to reduce the risk of cancer, promote a healthy weight and achieve a myriad of other health benefits. AICR also works to support their implementation through its programs, and policy work, focused on integrating physical activity into people’s daily lives.
- During the development of these guidelines, AICR engaged with HHS to help ensure that they were based on the most up-to-date evidence.
- Following their release, we published a blog post by a former Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee member to help consumers better understand the Guidelines and find ways to be more active in everyday life, as well as to help them understand the link between physical activity and cancer.
- We have signed on in support of the Promoting Physical Activity for Americans Act, which requires the Guidelines to be updated at least every 10 years.
Coalitions Helping Us Achieve This Goal
Physical Activity Alliance
The Physical Activity Alliance (PAA) is a coalition of organizations dedicated to making the active choice the easy choice. As a founding member, AICR has been involved with the creation of the Alliance, as well as the policy strategy. Our involvement includes assisting with integrating physical activity into the healthcare system through assessment and prescription and integration of physical activity into federal government research, programs and guidelines.