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.

‘Tis the season of New Years resolutions.  In honor of the holiday, we examine some of the potential barriers to meeting physical activity goals, as well as strategies for overcoming those barriers:

 

Self-assessment:  Barriers to exercise (Source:  American College of Sports Medicine).  After completing this brief survey, users receive response-based tips on tackling their individual barriers to physical activity.…

This week, we present expert commentary on recently published physical activity research, balanced by a light-hearted look at physical activity among older Americans.

Physical activity: An investment that pays multiple health dividends (Source: Archives of Internal Medicine) Physical activity experts from the CDC and NHLBI weigh in on recently published studies.…

By ICAA

Those of us who work in health and wellness have a tremendous opportunity before us to positively influence the health of well over 100 million aging Americans. The “Baby Boomer and beyond” demographic needs solutions for ongoing health issues—and this group is looking for them.

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 80% of adults ages 65-plus have at least one chronic health issue and, according to the World Health Organization, this age group spends more on health than anything else. …

 

 This week, we highlight efforts that communities in California and Utah are taking to increase physical activity among all residents:

 

City of Palm Springs to participate in 2009 Desert Fitness Challenge (Source:  The Desert Sun News)   Schools and communities in California are engaged in a friendly competition to increase physical activity among students and residents.…

By DoD DeCA

Walk through a military commissary and you are likely to see children happily playing hopscotch in the fruit and vegetable section. To help promote physical activity as part of the “Eat Healthy and Be Active Your Way” program in commissaries, the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) has installed a permanent hopscotch game display on the floor in the produce section of most commissaries.…

What will it take to realize our aim of a nation of physically active people?  While there’s no easy answer, I believe an important step towards this goal is to work together to create a shared vision and roadmap with measurable objectives.  Now that Healthy People 2020 is well underway, we are in a position to make this vision and roadmap a reality. …

This week we explore anti-aging effects, Wii Sport use in schools, and low rates of physical fitness in LA youth:

Exercise shows ‘biological clock’ (Source: UPI.com health News) – According to German researchers, long-term physical activity has an anti-aging effect on the body at the cellular level. Wii fitness schools (Source: WBIR.com News) – Carroll County in Maryland is piloting the Wii to get kids excited about exercise – and it seems to be working!…

By ACSM

As Congress wrestles with complex, contentious issues of health care reform, I’d like to propose a step anyone can take to improve health and likely cut health care costs. This isn’t a legislative bombshell—I’ll leave that for the politicians. And it isn’t a new idea, though research keeps adding to the body of supporting evidence.…

Welcome to a new addition to the blog!

Once a week we will be posting a few links to current events, research, and other physical activity-related news-worthy items going on around the country. To kick off our News & Reports category this week we have new research on the cost of distributing tailored information about physical activity online vs.…

By NPAP

As important as the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans are, we know that simply telling people what they should do will not necessarily enable them to act.  So, in 2007 I was excited when colleagues at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encouraged me to coordinate the process of developing a National Physical Activity Plan for the U.S. …