National Blueprint: Increasing Physical Activity Among Adults Age 50 and Older


National Blueprint: Increasing Physical Activity Among Adults Age 50 and Older


This 21-page tool was developed to guide organizations, associations, and agencies in planning strategies to help people age 50 and older increase their physical activity.

This tool includes the following sections:

  • Executive summary
  • Section one
    • Background
    • Vision and guiding principles
    • A snapshot of America’s aging population
    • Types and benefits of physical activity
    • Demographic shifts
    • Chronic illness and the aging population
    • The benefits are significant: It’s time to address physical activity in the aging population
    • Healthy People 2010 physical activity objectives
  • Section two
    • Developing solutions to increase physical activity
    • Complex barriers impede efforts to increase and maintain physical activity among older adults
    • Addressing the barriers and setting a strategic direction
  • Section three
    • Moving toward and beyond 2010: Turning strategies into action


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Funding Sources:

American College of Sports Medicine; American Geriatrics Society; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; National Institute on Aging; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Virginia Department of Health


Release Date: 2001
Original Summary: July 2005
Last Updated: 06/19/13

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