Nutrition and Physical Activity

Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health.

Why should you be physically active?
Living an active lifestyle helps to:
  • Control weight
  • Lower your risk of getting heart disease, colon cancer, stroke, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
  • Keeps your bones, muscles, and joints healthy, controlling joint swelling and pain from arthritis
  • Gives you more energy
  • Handle stress
  • Protect against falling and bone fractures in older adults
How much physical activity do you need?
The more physical activity we do, the greater the health benefits we’ll have, and the better we’ll feel.
  • To promote and maintain health, adults 18 years and older should accumulate 150 minutes or more each week of moderate-vigorous physical activity.
  • Activity should be performed at-least 10 continuous minutes at a time.
  • Adults 18 and older should also do muscle-strengthening activities at-least twice each week that work all major muscles groups.
How can you increase your activity?
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator
  • Drop the phone and walk to a co-worker’s desk
  • Park further away from the store
  • Plan family outings and vacations that include physical activity (hiking, biking, backpacking, skiing, swimming)
  • Do sit-ups or push-ups as you watch TV
  • Participate in a City sponsored group fitness class such as Fitness Frenzy or Fitness in the Park
  • Visit City Parks: For a list of parks and amenities, click here.
  • Check out the "Let’s Move!" campaign for fitness tips and information: letsmove.gov
Did you know that Bethlehem, PA has be designated a "Playful City USA"?
  • Playful City USA is a national recognition program honoring cities and towns across the nation committed to taking action for play. In 2012, KaBOOM! recognized 213 cities in 41 states for their commitment to play!
  • For a list of the city’s "Map of Play" click here.
The physical inactivity cycle: View the cycle.
Lifetime benefits of physical activity: View the benefits.


The Bethlehem Health Bureau provides individual and group counseling on weight loss, diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol to City of Bethlehem residents. For more information regarding these programs or to schedule an appointment, please call our office: 610-865-7083.

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