In addition to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), which organizations have issued physical activity guidelines for improved cardiovascular health?

Updated: May 25, 2018
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The recommendations of the 2010 WHO guidelines for physical activity for health do not vary significantly from the DHHS guidelines. An update of the WHO guidelines is expected in 2015. [12] The ESC/EAS guidelines also concur but add the recommendation that sedentary patients should be strongly encouraged to start light-intensity exercise programs; patients with a history of CVD should undergo moderate-to-vigorous intensity aerobic exercise training three or more times a week and for 30 minutes per session. [4]

AHA/ACC guidelines are identical to the DHHS guidelines for general heart-healthy behavior and also includes the recommendation that adults engage in three to four sessions of aerobic activity a week, lasting on average 40 minutes per session, and involving moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity to lower blood pressure and improve their lipid profile. [9]

The 2011 National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) guidelines for cardiovascular health and risk reduction in children and adolescents follow the DHHS guidelines above. In addition, they recommend limiting sedentary time, with no more than 1-2 hours per day of screen time (TV/video/computer), and discourage television viewing altogether for children younger than 2 years. [13]


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