Written on behalf of the National Physical Activity Plan

The National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP) commentary series, a bi-monthly e-publication designed to draw attention to timely and thought-provoking issues in physical activity and public health, released its third installment December 1, 2015. These opinion essays aim to generate momentum to advance the field of physical activity and public health.…

Written by Guard Your Health

Like many people, you probably associate cooler weather with pumpkins, falling leaves, and apple cider. As cooler weather and shorter days usher in, you may be spending more time indoors and finding it harder to stay active – and we don’t blame you! While it’s easy for cool days or bad weather to keep you from working out, there are unique ways to stay active and motivated no matter what the weather brings.  …

Thursday, November 19, 2015 12:00 pm ET | Register now

Good nutrition, regular physical activity, and a healthy body weight are essential parts of a person’s overall health and well-being.

Join us on Thursday, November 19 to learn more about the King County, WA Communities Putting Prevention to Work Initiative, which focuses on implementing policy, systems, environment, and infrastructure changes to address obesity by promoting healthy eating and active living (HEAL).…

Written by VA MOVE! Program

For the 5 million U.S. Veterans—78% of whom are overweight or obese—who annually get care in Veterans Health Administration (VHA) facilities, maintaining a healthy weight can be a challenge.

Fortunately, they have the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) MOVE! Weight Management Program to help them eat healthier, be more physically active, and achieve even small weight losses that can reduce health risks, prevent or reverse certain diseases, and improve well-being.…

With a fast-paced lifestyle, finding time to get meaningful physical activity can be difficult for anyone. November is American Diabetes Month and according to the Veterans Administration, 25 percent of patients have diabetes. Research shows that active duty service members have a similar incidence of diabetes as civilians.

Healthfinder.gov provides toolkits for several National Health Observances, including American Diabetes Month in November. The toolkits provide resources for organizations like schools, healthcare providers, health departments, and more to raise awareness about critical public health issues, like diabetes.

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States.…

Written by Nicole Langerman, The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health; & Roberto Ruiz, Pentagon DiLorenzo TRICARE Health Clinic, Fit To Win

With a fast-paced lifestyle, finding time to get meaningful physical activity can be difficult for anyone. November is American Diabetes Month and according to the Veterans Administration, 25 percent of patients have diabetes.…

As members of the ODPHP health literacy team, we are committed to promoting the use of health literacy principles. Recently, we took a deep dive into the online user experience to write the second edition of Health Literacy Online: A Guide to Simplifying the User Experience. We learned a lot about the challenges many people face using health websites.