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.

For over 30 years, America has designated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month. During the month of July, we not only celebrate all the fun and exciting programs that are offered at local parks and recreation centers across the country, but also the critical role that parks and recreation plays in the communities it serves every single day. The National Recreation and Park Association’s (NRPA) theme for this year’s Park and Recreation Month is A Lifetime of Discovery. With the efforts of local parks and recreation agencies, partner organizations, local and state representatives, and the public, NRPA wants to highlight the often “undiscovered” roles and programs that local park and recreation agencies provide.
Everybody needs physical activity for good health and inclusive after-school programs can help increase physical activity among children of all abilities. Girls on the Run, in collaboration with the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD), recently completed a pilot inclusion program aimed at involving girls with disabilities across the country in this physical activity-based positive youth development program.
America Walks has worked tirelessly to make sure all community members have safe, accessible, and enjoyable places to walk and be physically active. To recognize the community change agents working in this space across the United States, America Walks launched its Community Change Grant program in 2015. This program provides funds to catalyze smaller-scale, low-cost projects and programs that increase the prevalence of walking, expand the diversity of people and organizations working to advance walkability, and help to make walking safer, easier, and more fun for all community members. Read about how one group is taking strides to "Walk Across Alabama."
To address disparities in its obesity rates, the California Department of Public Health created the Early Care and Education Physical Activity Toolkit for Preschool-Aged Children. The toolkit provides practical tools for integrating physical activity throughout the day for young children ages 3 to 5 years old.
Planning to attend this year’s American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting? Representatives from the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will be presenting on many of the findings from the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee Scientific Report. You won't want to miss these sessions!
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.