Be Active Your Way

The Be Active Your Way (BAYW) Blog is now archived. The BAYW Blog offered insights from health and physical activity professionals about translating the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans into practice.

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by Symphony Chau, Senior Analyst – Communications, Center for Active Design

Physical inactivity is now comparative with smoking as the leading cause of preventable death in the world. As Americans continue to spend more time at work (over 1,700 hours a year), often in sedentary office environments, we must leverage our workplaces to reduce inactivity, encourage physical activity, and support overall employee health.…

The 2018 U.S. Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth, developed by the National Physical Activity Plan, assesses the levels of physical activity and sedentary behaviors in American children and youth. The United States earned a D- in Overall Physical Activity. To see the other grades and read highlights from the report, read this post by the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance.
The Nutrition Education Obesity Prevention Branch (NEOPB) within the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has updated its Physical Activity Resource Guide (PARG).  The PARG is intended to aid and support County Health Offices, local community organizations, schools and others in physical activity programming.  The guide leads the reader through the complete process of health programming, Assessment, Planning, Implementation and Evaluation.  Three new sections have been added to the guide, Physical Literacy, Older Adults (age 60 and above) and Physical Activity and Physical Activity for Individuals with Physical Limitations and Disabilities.