Vilas County Public Health - Community Health - Physical Activity

Physical Activity

Regular physical activity is one of the most important things that you can do for your health. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), it can help:

  • Control your weight
  • Lower your chances of cardiovascular disease
  • Lower your chances for type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome
  • Lower your chances of some cancers
  • Strengthen your bones and muscles
  • Improve your mental health and mood
  • Improve your ability to do daily activities and prevent falls, if you're an older adult
  • Increase your chances of living longer

Activity Resources

  • (United States Department of Agriculture - USDA) - Provides information on why exercise is important and tips on how to increase physical activity.
  • Be Active Your Way: A Guide for Adults (.pdf, 4.25 MB) (U. S. Department of Health and Human Services) - Provides information on how to get started on an exercise program, or keep you motivated, within your interests and lifestyle.
  • Go4Life (National Institute on Aging) - Provides ideas for seniors who wish to learn more about becoming physically active.
  • Kids Health (Nemour) - Provides ideas on how to motivate your child to be physically active. You will also find healthy recipes, information on body mass index, and nutrients based on your child's stage of life.
  • Local Activities Chart (.pdf) - A great resource for the Northwoods! The chart provides activities offered in this area and and contact information for area businesses that provide instruction or equipment if needed.