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    NIH Request for Information: Identifying Gaps in Understanding the Mechanisms of Physical Activity-Induced Health Benefits

    Date: December 18, 2013

    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Common Fund is exploring strategies to help the research community develop a more integrative perspective on the molecular and cellular mechanisms through which physical activity improves multiple health outcomes. Increased physical activity has been linked to numerous health benefits including improved cardiovascular and respiratory health, insulin sensitivity, bone and muscle strength, and cognitive function. In addition to these improvements, physical activity is associated with reductions in coronary heart disease, stroke, some cancers, type 2 diabetes and depression. For most health outcomes, benefits increase as the amount of physical activity increases through higher intensity, greater frequency, or longer duration, although the magnitude of these benefits diminishes with advancing age. The NIH is requesting your voluntary response for information and planning purposes only.  Responses will be accepted until December 31, 2013 on the NIH website