Physical Activity and Nutrition Reports and Publications

The number of overweight and obese Americans has reached epidemic proportions: two-thirds of adults and nearly one in three children are overweight or obese. The sobering impact of these numbers is reflected in the nation’s concurrent epidemics of diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic diseases.

Both the prevention and treatment of overweight and obesity and their associated health problems are important public health goals of the Surgeon General, who is calling on all Americans to balance healthful eating with regular physical activity. Read the publications below to learn how we can become a nation that is both healthy and fit.

Title Type Date
The Surgeon General's Vision for a Healthy and Fit Nation Call to Action 2010
The Surgeon General's Call To Action To Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity Call to Action 2001
National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month: A statement by Shellie Y. Pfohl, M.S., Executive Director of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition and Rear Admiral Boris D. Lushniak, M.D., M.P.H., Acting Surgeon General Press Release 2014
Step It Up! The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities Call to Action 2015
Executive Summary 2015
Status Report 2015
Booklet 2015
Infographic 2015
Playlist (Pandora) 2015
Partners Guide  
Video 2015
Video 2015
Step It Up! Everyone Can Help Make Our Communities More Walkable Call to Action (SG site page) 2015
America Walks Resource 2019
Mall Walking: A Program Resource Guide Resource 2015
National Physical Activity Plan Resource  
Surgeon General Announces Winners of Healthy App Challenge Press Release 2012
Surgeon General’s Healthy Apps Challenge: About the Winners Press Release 2012
2017 National Walking Summit Resource 2017
Walking Resource 2019
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