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.
Choosing to live a healthy life can be hard for anyone. We asked Special Olympics athlete Daniel Smrokowski, Chicago Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks, and his wife Emma Hendricks to share their motivations and daily routines to make health and fitness a priority in their lives.
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 Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion has revised the popular Eat Healthy, Be Active Community Workshop series to be in line with the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The updated version is now available!
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.
March is National Nutrition Month—a good time to talk with patients about weight management and how eating and physical activity habits can affect body weight and health. But talking about weight can be difficult for both patients and health care providers. This post includes tips and resources that may help pave the way for more successful patient/provider interactions.
The 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee has completed its 21-month review of the science of physical activity and health. Read this blog post to learn more about their report and how to submit your comments.
The design of our public space plays a significant role in motivating physical activity and promoting all aspects of health, whether physical, mental, or social. Our expanded understanding of how the spaces in which we live, work, and play influence our health has motivated a renewed focus on public spaces, once the mainstays of our communities. The Glen Oaks Library in Queens, NY is a perfect example of how the design of a space can transform a standard municipal building with no obvious connection to well-being into a health-promoting space for the community.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Fortunately, it is largely preventable and there are many things people can do to reduce their risk, such as being more active. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health is encouraging Americans to move more and #MoveWithHeart to celebrate American Heart Month.