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Ashley Driesler, Staff Writer

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  On November 12th, the Department of Health and Human Services, a branch of the


federal government, released their second physical fitness guideline. It was built off  the first guide, which was created 10 years prior as a direct effect of a growing country facing new challenges.

  Now, the Department of Health and Human Services has decided to update these guidelines.

  Misha Hashemi (11) supported this change, stating, “As times are changing, guidelines should also evolve to adapt to the current environment.”

  This newsecond guide recommends that children ages 3 to 5 participate in minor exercises throughout the day, that 5 to 17 year-olds should have 60 minutes of exercise each day, and that adults should work towards 150 minutes of moderate exercise throughout the week.

  There was an overall focus on movement and emphasis was placed on the positive effects of exercise. In fact, a healthy lifestyle can reduce risks on many common dangers: high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, cancer, dementia, and Alzheimers.

  Jim Baugh, founder of PHIT America, a non-profit fitness advocacy group, has an optimistic view on the new guide and believes that there needs to be more focus on schools. His main point was that schools often take away physical education time to prioritize standard classes. He stated, “The inactivity pandemic is getting worse, especially for low-income Americans and kids.”

  As healthy lifestyles are important for the public, they also have a major effect on the economy. The lack of physical activity is linked to $117 billion in annual health care costs. If there is a drastic change in personal health in the U.S., the money usually put into medical bills can be put into American industries instead.

  This new guide is now the foundation of exercise and personal health for the general public to follow for possibly a decade to come. There is a new focus on movement and exercising from young ages all the way to older ages.

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Ashley Driesler, Staff Writer

Ashley Driesler is a Staff Writer in Smoke Signals and currently a junior at West High. She is passionate about writing and wrestling.

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