Awareness and knowledge of the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Background

To estimate the proportion of U.S. adults aware and knowledgeable of the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.

Methods

Analysis is based on a cross-sectional national sample of adults in the 2009 (n = 4281) HealthStyles survey. We estimated the prevalence of adults who reported awareness of government physical activity guidelines and who were knowledgeable of the currently recommended moderate-intensity physical activity guideline (ie, 150 minutes per week) from the 2008 Guidelines.

Results

In 2009, the percent of adults who reported being aware of government physical activity (PA) guidelines was 36.1%. The percent of adults knowledgeable of the moderate-intensity physical activity guideline was less than 1% (0.56%).

Conclusions

Most U.S. adults lack sufficient awareness and knowledge of the 2008 Guidelines, putting them at risk for failure to meet them. The nation needs more effective communication strategies to translate and disseminate PA guidelines.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kay, MC; Carroll, DD; Carlson, SA; Fulton, JE

Published Date

  • May 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 11 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 693 - 698

PubMed ID

  • 23493071

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1543-5474

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1543-3080

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1123/jpah.2012-0171

Language

  • eng