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Table 1 Overview of AGREE Scope and Purpose Items for the physical activity guidelines

From: Process description and evaluation of Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines development

Guideline Children and Youth Adults Older Adults
1. The overall objective(s) of the guideline is (are) specifically described The purpose of this guideline is to provide the rationale for population-based physical activity guidelines in healthy children between 5 and 17 years old to prevent or improve the following 7 health measures: high cholesterol, high blood pressure, metabolic syndrome, obesity, low bone density, depression, and injuries. The purpose of this guideline is to provide the rationale for population-based physical activity guidelines in healthy adults between 18 and 64 years old on all-cause mortality and to prevent or improve the following 7 chronic health conditions: cardiovascular disease (except stroke), stroke, hypertension, colon cancer, breast cancer, type 2 diabetes, and osteoporosis. The purpose of this guideline is to provide the rationale for intensity and volume of aerobic physical activities, and for the adjunct of resistance (strength) training for healthy adults ≥65 years of age on functional outcomes including physical limitations, disability, and cognitive losses.
2. The clinical question(s) covered by the guideline is (are) specifically described How much physical activity is needed for minimal and optimal health benefits? Is there a dose-response relationship between: What is the relationship of physical activity with functional outcomes -- to prevent limitations, disability, cognitive losses?
  What types of activity are needed? Physical activity and all-cause mortality.  
  Does intensity matter?   
  Do the effects vary by sex or age? Physical activity and the incidence of the following 7 chronic conditions: cardiovascular disease (except stroke), stroke, hypertension, colon cancer, breast cancer, type 2 diabetes, and osteoporosis. What is the influence of exercise training programs influence on functional outcomes?
3. The patients to whom the guideline is meant to apply are specifically described Healthy children and youth, 5-17 years old Healthy adults, 18--64 years old Healthy adults ≥65 years old <85 years