Being physically active is one of the most important steps that everyone can take to improve their health. The NIH supports research on physical activity, including studies related to measurement and methods, interventions to increase physical activity, and observational studies designed to explore how physical activity is associated with health.
Resources for Researchers
Explore databases and tools for physical activity research.
Science-based guidance to help Americans age 3 and older maintain or improve their health through regular physical activity.
A biomarker validation study of Internet-based and conventional self-reports for assessing diet and physical activity.
User guides to help researchers select measures for studies in obesity among youth, including an overview of measurement, principles of measurement selection, case studies, and resources.
Reports and recommendations on physical activity, including state indicator reports, prevention reports, and more.
NIH Institutes/Centers and Federal Partner Activities
Many NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) actively engage in and support physical activity research and may be helpful starting points as you plan your research or if you’re exploring the latest work in a specific area. Because ICs may have several ongoing physical activity programs and projects, we encourage you to use the links provided to find the most up-to-date information.