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Helping patients increase their physical activity and exercise behaviors before and after surgery can improve long term weight loss maintenance and have many other health benefits. Some patients have a long history of being active while others have led a sedentary lifestyle for many years. Providing recommendations and resources based on a patient’s individual needs and history is critical. No physical activity guidelines have yet been developed that are specific to bariatric surgery patients, however general guidelines for weight loss and improved health are a good place to start. In this section, you will find links to websites that can help you develop materials for patients related to physical activity and ideas for creative resources to provide.