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Activity Monitors Recommended to Increase Physical Activity

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The CDC’s Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends interventions that include activity monitors to increase physical activity in adults with overweight or obesity. The recommendation is based on evidence from a systematic review published in 2016.

● Physical activity interventions that included activity monitors increased daily walking (step counts per day) or time spent in moderate to vigorous physical activity over periods of 3 months or less.

● More research is needed to determine whether changes in physical activity are maintained over time.

What are Physical Activity Interventions that Include Activity Monitors? Physical activity interventions that include activity monitors provide participants with a combination of the following:

● Behavioral instruction in the form of counseling, group-based education, or web-based education

● Activity monitors that are used to provide regular feedback (i.e., pedometers or accelerometers) and may include enhancements to support or promote physical activity Interventions must focus on physical activity or promote physical activity within a weight management program. These interventions may include one or more follow-up appointments with a healthcare provider.

Facts about Physical Activity and Obesity

● More than one-third of American adults have obesity.

● Only 1 in 5 adults get the recommended 150 minutes of physical activity per week.

● Regular physical activity can help with weight control and lower risk for chronic diseases.

Source: CDC One-Pager: Physical Activity Interventions