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.

The 2017 United States Report Card on Walking and Walkable Communities, released by the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance serves to establish a national baseline on walking behavior and identify opportunities for growth. The Report Card is the first comprehensive national assessment of walking and walkability in the United States. It measures the extent to which individuals and communities in the United States meet selected standards related to walking. Grades reflect national-level performance, not that of states or local municipalities. Initial grades indicate we’ve got some improvements to make!
November is National Diabetes Month, which means the health community will talk a lot about diabetes statistics and combining physical activity and a healthy diet to manage blood glucose. While type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented, and treatment is often more focused on insulin than lifestyle measures, there are also benefits of physical activity for people with type 1—which accounts for 10 percent of diabetes cases or 1.25 million people in the United States.
To help people create lasting change in their health and wellbeing, the American Heart Association has launched Healthy For Good™, a revolutionary new movement built on four core ideas: Eat smart. Add color. Move more. Be well. Move More, one of the four pillars of Healthy For Good, shows people easy ways to be more physically active every day, on their terms, in ways that align with their interests, needs, and preferences.
Each October, International Walk to School Day is celebrated in more than 40 countries and in thousands of schools across the U.S. NCHPAD developed the Discover Inclusive Safe Routes to School Guidebook and How I Walk campaign to promote and encourage the inclusion of youth with disability in walking to school. This October join in the movement to get all kids more active.
This year’s Center for Active Design: Excellence awards winners represent the best national and international projects that support public health through innovative active design strategies. While the Active Design movement began with a focus on how the built environment impacted health through physical activity, there has been a recognizable effort over the past 5 years to incorporate mental, social, and civic well-being as crucial pillars in health-promoting design.
Early care and education providers play a critical role in maintaining a child’s health and safety. Many children are in early care and education settings for several hours during the day, which means this can be the primary environment for children to eat, play, and grow. By modeling healthy eating and physically active lifestyles, early care and education providers can set our children on the road to a lifetime of good habits. During National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, learn tips from the Office of Child Care within the Administration for Children and Families for early care and education providers to promote healthy eating and physical activity.
September marks Go4Life Month, sponsored by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This year's campaign challenges older adults to “Move More with Go4Life®!” by stepping up physical activity, working out a bit more frequently, and trying all four types of recommended exercise: endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility.