SHAPE America’s new position statement supporting schools’ use of the WSCC model outlines best practices for each of the 10 components and encourages health and physical educators to use the model to advocate for the alignment of health and education goals in an effort to meet the needs of all students.

By Don Wright, MD, MPH, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health; Director, ODPHP

Imagine a scenario in which your trusted family doctor told you that you need routine surgery. You might have been anxious or nervous at first, but you’ve had a chance to ask your doctor all your questions; you’ve planned for your recovery; and you are looking forward to living a healthier life afterward.…

By Alexandra Black, Health Promotion Manager at IHRSA

Bone and Joint Action Week, October 12th – 20th, is a week focused on raising awareness for the prevention, treatment, and advances made in various areas of bone and joint health including arthritis, back pain, and osteoporosis. Although physical activity may not be a new advance, it is an accessible means of both prevention and treatment that health providers can recommend to their patients for these bone and joint conditions

The beneficial effects of exercise on conditions of bone and joint health are well documented.…

Join Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy October 13-26, 2016 in the Step It Up USA Fitbit Challenge!

Over the last year, the Surgeon General has been challenging communities across the country to get up and get moving. Now he’s taking that challenge to the next level by asking everyone to Step It Up and take as many steps as possible from October 13‑26, 2016.…

By Suzanne Haynes, Ph.D., HHS Office on Women’s Health (OWH)

Many women in the United States feel pressure to conform to society’s expectations, particularly around weight. But cultural acceptance of higher weights in the LGBT community challenges the expectations of typical weight loss programs.  Lesbian and bisexual women are more likely to be obese than heterosexual women, but less likely to consider themselves overweight or want to lose weight.…

The good news is that communities across the nation are doing the hard work to develop ambitious plans to change their local health system to foster improvements in their community's health. Tackling influencers of wellness that fall outside of the scope of the traditional health care delivery system is not only hard work, but it requires dedication and creativity.

By Margaux Mennesson, Marketing and Communications Manager, Safe Routes to School National Partnership

Twenty years ago, the Partnership for a Walkable America organized the very first Walk to School Day as a one-day event to promote the need for walkable communities. Today, the event is celebrated in more than 40 countries worldwide, with schools in all 50 states organizing their own unique events.…

By Kate Olscamp, Communications Coordinator with the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance

“The world needs to get serious about physical activity,” proclaim Pamela Das and Richard Horton in The Lancet’s most recent series on Physical Activity. For decades we have been engineering physical activity out of our everyday lives. Recent global estimates suggest that 5 million deaths each year can be attributed to not meeting physical activity recommendations.  …

Need resources and programs for families, communities, and schools designed to support individuals on their journey to living healthy? Check out the new #0to60 App, released by the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition and the National Foundation on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.

Additional content includes a new #0to60 song by Grammy-nominated recording artist Jordin Sparks, the #0to60 mobile-ready website, and a video featuring First Lady Michelle Obama.…