Be Active Your Way

The Be Active Your Way Blog is the official blog of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Follow the blog for updates about the development of the second edition of the Guidelines and insights from health and physical activity professionals about translating the Guidelines into practice.

National Arthritis Awareness Month, observed during the month of May, aims to bring awareness to the growing prevalence of arthritis, the need for additional research and advocacy, and to encourage physical activity among the millions of adults with arthritis. The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) has been working through local parks and recreation to help people with arthritis manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life through the sustained delivery of CDC-recommended, arthritis-appropriate, evidence-based interventions across 48 states and American Samoa.
National Women’s Health Week, May 13-19, may be a good time to consider talking with your patients, colleagues, health care organizations, and others about the importance of promoting healthy lifestyle behaviors to women. The NIDDK at NIH—with input from black women and other partners, including Harvard University and Tufts University—launched Sisters Together: Move More, Eat Better, a national movement to inspire black women to improve their health through regular physical activity and healthy eating. Learn more about how you may be able to start a Sisters Together program where you live, work, or network.
A BikeShare Program brings multiple benefits to government worksites with just one program: increased employee satisfaction, increased physical activity opportunities, savings from converted local trips and parking fees, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. To assist government agencies in launching, implementing, and sustaining an employee BikeShare Program, the Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Branch (NEOPB) of the California Department of Public Health designed an Employee BikeShare Program toolkit.
Because the foundation for lifetime fitness is built in childhood, making family fitness a priority early on can yield results for years to come. May means longer days, warmer temperatures, and a multitude of opportunities to promote physical activity to your patients and clients. To celebrate SHAPE America’s National Physical Education and Sport Week from May 1-7, this post provides tips for professionals and educators to share with families to get them more involved in fitness.
A growing body of public health and social science research has made it clear that there is an inextricable link between the design of where we live, work, and play and human health. The Active Design Guidelines communicate built environment and health research findings in a way that is easily accessible to practitioners, outlining practical design strategies with a strong focus on physical activity.
The American Heart Association and NHLBI are promoting Move More Month in April to get individuals and organizations moving in ways that work for them. Move More Month is about helping people feel good about what they’re already doing, while also providing some new and creative ways to sneak in even more daily movement.
Now that Spring has arrived, many Americans will begin to spend time outdoors and may be considering ways to get more active. Walking is among the most common forms of physical activity. The National Physical Activity Plan Alliance (NPAPA) celebrated the first day of Spring with the release of the "Promoting Walking and Walkable Communities – Cross-Sector Recommendations". The recommendations aim to identify and prioritize the most critical activities that will result in the greatest impact on improving walkability and increasing walking throughout the United States.
Park and recreation agencies are leading the way to inclusive communities across the country. The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) joined forces with the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability and Lakeshore Foundation to launch Parks for Inclusion, a pledge to ensure that all people have equal access to the benefits of local parks and recreation.