Healthy People 2020

Becca Odom and Hayley Wallace
HealthyPeople 2020
Some info about Healthy People 20/20
Healthy People 2020..Say What?
• Healthy People is a program of the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services that sets health objectives for the nation for a tenyear period. The current list of objectives (launched in December
2010) is called Healthy People 2020.
• “The Physical Activity objectives for Healthy People 2020 reflect the
strong state of the science supporting the health benefits of regular
physical activity among youth and adults, as identified in the PAG.
Regular physical activity includes participation in moderate and
vigorous physical activities and muscle-strengthening activities.”
• The Goal is to increase the levels of physical activity in the U.S, along
with improving overall health.
• Over 80% of adults don’t meet the guidelines for both aerobic and
muscle-strengthening activities.
• Likewise, over 80% of adolescents don’t do enough aerobic physical
activity to meet the guidelines for youth.
Number Objective Short Title
• PA–1 No leisure-time physical activity
• PA–2 Adult aerobic physical activity and muscle-strengthening activity
• PA–3 Adolescent aerobic physical activity and muscle-strengthening activity
• PA–4 Daily physical education in schools
• PA–5 Adolescent participation in daily school physical education
• PA–6 Regularly scheduled recess
• PA–7 Time for recess
• PA–8 Child and adolescent screen time
• PA–9 Physical activity policies in child care settings
• PA–10 Access to school physical activity facilities
• PA–11 Physician counseling about physical activity
• PA–12 Worksite physical activity
• PA–13 Active transportation—walking
• PA–14 Active transportation—bicycling
• PA–15 Built environment policies
Vision and Mission of HP 2020
• Vision
– a society in which all people live long, healthy
• Mission
– Identify nationwide health improvement
– Increase public awareness of the determinants
– Provide measurable objectives and goals
– Identify critical research, evaluation, and data
collection needs
Overarching Goals
• Promote quality of life
– Development
– Behaviors
• Improve health of everyone
• Create healthy environments
– Improve health for everyone
• Attain high quality, longer lives
– Prevent disease, disability, injury, and death
Understanding Physical Activity
• Understanding the obstacles and facilitators of
physical activity is important to ensure the
effectiveness of interventions and other
actions to improve levels of physical activity.
Positive and Negative factors of
physical activity (in adults)
• Positive:
– Enjoyment of exercise
– Expectation of benefits
– Belief in ability to
– History of activity in
– Social support from
peers, family, or spouse
– Access to and
satisfaction with facilities
• Negative:
– Advancing age
– Lack of time
– Low motivation
– Perception of great effort
needed for exercise
– Overweight or obesity
– Perception of poor
– Being disabled
Emerging Issues in Physical
• Healthy People 2020 reflects a
multidisciplinary approach to
promoting physical activity. This
approach brings about…
– traditional partnerships:
• education and health care
– nontraditional partnerships:
• transportation, urban planning, recreation,
and environmental health.

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