Japanese National Physical Activity and Health Promotion Guidelines

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The Japanese National Physical Activity and Health Promotion Guidelines were compiled by the Ministry of Health and Welfare of Japan. A broad definition of physical activity was adopted in this report. Objectives of physical activity were (a) maintaining and promoting health, (b) preventing and treating disease, (c) reducing stress, (d) promoting development in childhood, (e) maintaining and improving independence in older people, (f) managing symptoms associated with menopause, and (g) promoting general psychological well-being.

Toshiki Ohta and izumi Tabata are with the Division of Health Promotion, National Institute of Health and Nutrition. Yumiko Mochizuki is with the Community Health, Health Promotion and Nutrition Division, Health Service Bureau, Ministry of Health and Welfare. 1-22-2. Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8045, Japan, and with the Department of Public Health Administration, Institute of Public Health.

Editor’s Note: The English language translation of the Japanese Physical Activity and Health Promotion Guidelines were originally published in the July 1999 edition of JAPA. In order to provide readers of the Japan Special Edition with as complete a source of information as possible about physical activity ami aging in Japan, we have decided to republish the guidelines as an appendix to the special edition. The republication of these guidelines did not affect the publication schedule of any other article submitted to JAPA The guidelines were developed by the Japanese Ministry of Health and Welfare. Toshiki Ohta, MD, and Izumi Tabata, PhD, of the Division of Health Promotion of the National Institute of Health and Nutrition, 1-23-1. Toyama, Shinjuku-Ku, Tokyo 162, Japan were responsible for the translation of the guidelines. After this translation from the original Japanese, the guidelines underwent minor editorial revisions in the office of the Journal of Aging and Physical Activity.

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