According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are many benefits of physical activity. Physical activity benefits include weight control, and a reduction of the risks for cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and some cancers. Physical activity also helps build muscle and strengthen bones. Mental benefits include an improvement in mental health and mood. Furthermore, regular physical activity increases the chances of having a longer life.1
Sedentary behavior, regardless of physical activity, is also linked with a significant increase in the risk of type 2 diabetes as well as obesity. Therefore, it is not enough to avoid physical inactivity, but to simultaneously limit sedentary behavior.2
The National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP) was launched in 2010 to help increase physical activity in the population. The vision of the plan is that “one day, all Americans will be physically active and they will live, work, and play in environments that facilitate regular physical activity.” The NPAP provides recommendations for eight societal sectors: business and industry; education; health care; mass media; parks, recreation, fitness, sports; public health; transportation, land use, community design; and volunteer and non-profits.3 As such, the recommendations listed in the Active Living Plan of Nacogdoches County focuses on these key areas.
The target audience for the Active Living Plan of Nacogdoches County includes policy and decision makers, physical activity practitioners, and other physical activity advocates.