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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services—Be Active Your Way: A Guide for Adults
P.O. Box 1133
Washington, DC 20013-1133
Phone: 1-800-336-4797
(301) 565-4167
Web Address:

The Department of Health and Human Services is the United States government's main agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services. On this National Health Information website you will find a link to "Be Active Your Way: A Guide for Adults." This guide provides the basic information in the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. And it gives examples of physical activity to help you get started.

American College of Sports Medicine: Exercise Is Medicine Public Action Guide
American College of Sports Medicine
401 West Michigan Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202-3233
Phone: (317) 637-9200, ext. 127 or 133
Web Address:

On this American College of Sports Medicine website you will find a link to the "Public Action Guide," a tool for using exercise to help prevent or manage many health problems. The goal of Exercise Is Medicine is to make physical activity and exercise a standard part of disease prevention and treatment in the United States.

American Heart Association (AHA)
7272 Greenville Avenue
Dallas, TX  75231
Phone: 1-800-AHA-USA1 (1-800-242-8721)
Web Address:

Visit the American Heart Association (AHA) website for information on physical activity, diet, and various heart-related conditions. You can search for information on heart disease and stroke, share information with friends and family, and use tools to help you make heart-healthy goals and plans. Contact the AHA to find your nearest local or state AHA group. The AHA provides brochures and information about support groups and community programs, including Mended Hearts, a nationwide organization whose members visit people with heart problems and provide information and support.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Physical Activity
1600 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA  30333
Phone: 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636)
TDD: 1-888-232-6348
Web Address:

This website has information about physical activity for all ages, including expert guidelines, overcoming barriers to getting and staying active, health benefits, and more. Nutrition and Fitness
P.O. Box 1133
Washington, DC  20013-1133
Phone: 1-800-336-4797
(301) 565-4167
Web Address: provides information on physical activity, diet, disease prevention, and making healthy choices.

Shape Up America!
P.O. Box 15009 Native Dancer Road
North Potomac, MD  20878
Phone: (240) 715-3900
Web Address:

Shape Up America! is a national coalition of industry and medical experts in nutrition and fitness. Its goals are to make Americans more aware of the importance of maintaining a healthy weight and to provide information about how to lose weight and stay fit. The organization has published several booklets on weight loss and diet, which can be ordered from the Web site.


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Last Updated: October 25, 2011
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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