HHS is creating the Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee this year as it plans for the 2018 publication of the second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.

Physical Activity Guidelines Committee Nominations Due Feb. 5

An HHS advisory committee is being formed as part of the planning for the second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans to be released in 2018.

Nominations for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee are due by 6 p.m. Eastern time this Friday, Feb. 5. HHS is creating the committee this year as it plans for the 2018 publication of the second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. These guidelines are a resource for health professionals and policymakers, and they provide guidance on how children and adults can improve their health through physical activity. The first edition was published in 2008, followed in 2013 by the Midcourse Report, which focused on strategies to increase physical activity in young people.

The HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion is leading the development of the second edition, working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, and the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.

To be eligible for appointment to the committee, "individuals should be knowledgeable of current scientific research in human physical activity and be respected and published experts in their fields. They should be familiar with the purpose, communication, and application of federal physical activity guidelines and have demonstrated interest in the public's health and well-being through their research and/or educational endeavors. Expertise is sought in specific specialty areas related to physical activity and health promotion or disease prevention, including but not limited to: Health promotion and chronic disease prevention; bone, joint, and muscle health and performance; obesity and weight management; physical activity and risk of musculoskeletal injury; physical activity and cognition; physical activity within specific settings, such as preschool/childcare, schools (e.g., activity breaks, physical education), or the community/built environment; physical activity dose-response; sedentary behavior; behavior change; systematic reviews; and special populations including children, older adults, individuals with disabilities, or women who are pregnant," according to the HHS announcement that the committee is being formed. The panel is expected to begin meeting this summer and will hold about five meetings in all; the meetings will be open to the public.

Nominations should be emailed to PAGACnominations@hhs.gov.

For more information, visit www.health.gov/paguidelines.

The committee will have from 11 to 17 members.

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