The 17-member panel will hold 5 public meetings to review evidence before issuing its report. The last set of guidelines was published in 2008.
Today, HHS named 17 health and exercise experts to an advisory committee to develop the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, the second edition of recommendations first released in 2008. The first of 5 public meetings will be July 14-15, 2016, and all meetings will be webcast.
The panel will review evidence on how physical activity affects health for the general population as well as specific groups, such as children, older adults, and persons with disabilities, according to a statement from HHS.
“We know that meeting the recommendations in the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans can produce physical and mental health benefits,” said HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc.
Recommended levels include 150 minutes of moderate activity a week for adults (or 75 minutes of vigorous activity), and 60 minutes of exercise a day for children. This much exercise should reduce the risk of cognitive decline, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers. In September 2015, the Surgeon General issued a call to action, “Step it up!” to promote walking and walkable communities.
HHS’ Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion will lead development of the updated guideline with the CDC, the National Institutes of Health, and the President’s Council on Physical Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition.
Members of the advisory committee are:
Abby C. King, PhD, Co-chair
Professor, Health Research & Policy and Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine
Ken Powell, MD, MPH, Co-chair
Retired, CDC and Georgia Department of Human Resources
David Buchner, MD, MPH, FACSM
Shahid and Ann Carlson Khan Professor in Applied Health Sciences, Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, University of Illinois
Wayne Campbell, PhD
Professor, Department of Nutrition Science, Purdue University
Adjunct Faculty, Department of Health and Kinesiology, Purdue University
Loretta DiPietro, PhD, MPH, FACSM
Professor and Chair, Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, the Milken Institute School of Public Health, The George Washington University
Kirk I. Erickson, PhD
Associate Professor, Departments of Psychology and Geriatric Medicine, University of Pittsburgh
Charles H. Hillman, PhD
Professor, Departments of Psychology and the Department of Health Sciences, Northeastern University
John M. Jakicic, PhD
Professor, Department of Health and Physical Activity, University of Pittsburgh
Director, Physical Activity and Weight Management Research Center, University of Pittsburgh
Kathleen F. Janz, EdD, FACSM
Professor, Department of Health and Human Physiology, University of Iowa
Peter T. Katzmarzyk, PhD
Professor and Associate Executive Director for Population and Public Health Sciences, Pennington Biomedical Research Center
William E. Kraus, MD, FACSM
Professor, Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, Duke University
Richard F. Macko, MD
Professor, Neurology, Medicine, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Research Director, Veterans Affairs Maryland, Geriatrics Research, Educational, and Clinical Center
David Marquez, PhD, FACSM
Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition, University of Illinois at Chicago
Director, Exercise Psychology Laboratory, University of Illinois at Chicago
Anne McTiernan, MD, PhD, FACSM
Research Professor, University of Washington Schools of Medicine and Public Health
Full Member, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Russell R. Pate, PhD, FACSM
Professor, Department of Exercise Science, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina
Chair, National Physical Activity Plan Alliance
Linda Pescatello, PhD, FACSM
Distinguished Professor of Kinesiology, Departments of Allied Health Sciences, Nutritional Sciences, and Physiology and Neurobiology, University of Connecticut; and Department of Community Medicine and Health Care, University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Melicia C. Whitt-Glover, PhD, FACSM
President & CEO, Gramercy Research Group