Written by the Weight-control Information Network

The Physical Activity Guidelines recommend at least 150 minutes each week of moderate aerobic activity for adults—and at least an hour each day of active time for kids. This may be hard during winter, when cold temperatures and decreased daylight may reduce your desire to be active.…

PCFSN Community Leadership Award – President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition

The President’s Council Community Leadership Award is given annually to no more than 50 individuals or organizations that provide or enhance opportunities to engage in sports, physical activity, fitness, or nutrition-related programs within a community. Nominate someone today!…

Written by Alexandra Black MPH, RD, LDN, Health Promotion Manager, IHRSA

Every year, October through March is considered “flu season,” otherwise known as “that cold part of the year when everyone you know is getting sick.”  And just recently the CDC announced that they misjudged which flu strains would be most common, meaning that the vaccine is likely less effective than in previous years at warding off the flu.…

Written by NCHPAD

The stress of the holidays can be a hindrance towards the enjoyment of being with family and friends, as well as time spent away from everyday routines.  To combat stress that might arise during the holiday season, physical activity is a wonderful outlet!  NCHPAD has a 12 Days of Fitness resource which includes 12 physical activity and health tips to integrate fitness into the holidays.…

Written by Alexandra Black MPH, RD, LDN, Health Promotion Manager, IHRSA Today, as I was perusing Twitter to find inspiration for this week’s blog post, I came across an article in Psychology Today by Dr. Sherry Pagoto on the real reason we don’t exercise. According to Pagoto, the reason is that we avoid being uncomfortable in an increasingly comfortable world (at least in the US).…

Written by the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance (NPAPA)

In the coming months, the National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP) will celebrate its 5th anniversary at the 2015 National Physical Activity Plan Congress. Since its launch, the NPAP has acted as a roadmap to policy makers and advocates to create a more physically active nation.…

Written by the Weight-control Information Network

Did you know it’s almost National Diabetes Month? Each November this observance is a chance to raise awareness about diabetes, which affects more than 29.1 million Americans—over 9 percent of the U.S. population—according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Luckily, people more likely to develop type 2 diabetes may reduce their chances if they increase physical activity and adopt other healthy habits.…

Written by Alexandra Black MPH, RD, LDN, Health Promotion Manager, IHRSA

Health literacy is defined as the ability to obtain, process, and understand basic health information, and October is National Health Literacy Month, dedicated to promoting a better understanding of health information. Health literacy is often discussed in terms of medical diagnoses and clinical treatments, but I think it has relevance in other areas, with no better example than the great American food label (probably why the FDA is working on an update).…

Written by NCHPAD

The National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability, the American Association on Health and Disability, and the Center on Disability at the Public Health Institute recently joined the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition (PCFSN) to launch the national Commit to Inclusion campaign. The goal of the campaign is to encourage individuals, organizations and key stakeholders to help build healthy, inclusive communities.…