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Institute of Medicine


Institute of Medicine
The IOM’s aim is to help those in government and the private sector make informed health decisions by providing evidence upon which they can rely.

Physical Activity: Moving Toward Obesity Solutions – Workshop Summary
In 2008, the U.S. federal government issued fully approved physical activity guidelines for the first time. The idea that physical activity impacts health can be traced as far back as Hippocrates, and the science around the linkages between physical activity and health has continuously accumulated. On April 14-15, 2015, the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Obesity Solutions held a 2-day workshop to explore the state of the science regarding the impact of physical activity in the prevention and treatment of overweight and obesity and to highlight innovative strategies for promoting physical activity across different segments of the population. This report summarizes the presentations and discussions from this workshop.