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.

By ICAA

Over the last 28 years, I have presented hundreds of seminars on how fitness facilities can attract older adults. At almost every presentation, someone asks, “Do older adults prefer to work out with people their own age or with younger people?”

This question has always created great debate. However, the answer may be found in research done by Mark Beauchamp, an assistant professor in the School of Human Kinetics at the University of British Columbia in Canada.…

This week, we examine the translation of scientific research into popular media by highlighting a recently-published study and the resulting press surrounding it:

Original article:

Physical Activity and Weight Gain Prevention  (Source:  Journal of the American Medical Association)  Researchers analyze the link between physical activity and weight maintenance among a cohort of middle-aged women followed for thirteen years.…

This week, we take a look at newly-published research on physical activity in various settings, and throughout the lifecycle:

 

 

Relationship between frequency and intensity of physical activity and health behaviors of adolescents (Source:  PubMed/Journal of School Health)  Researchers examined the relationship between physical activity intensity and a wide range of other health behaviors (e.g.…

By NPAP

The launch of the National Physical Activity Plan is set for May 3, 2010.  This date will represent the culmination of a two year long effort to produce the first U.S. National PA Plan.  The goal is to kick off a long-term social movement to have more Americans meet federal PA Guidelines. …

This week, we present research and programmatic approaches to understanding and improving children’s social interactions through physical activity:

Forget Goofing Around: Recess Has a New Boss (Source:  New York Times) Urban schools are instituting organized, mandatory physical activity during recess. 

Research shows link between physical activity and social skills in children (Source:  University of Michigan Health System) Research presented to the American College of Cardiology suggests a link between social skills and physical activity in children.…

By YMCA

Do you think it’s easy for adults to meet the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans? Even though we’re in a profession dedicated to promoting health and well-being, do you often struggle to personally meet the Guidelines? I know I do. As professionals dedicated to helping others increase their physical activity, I think it’s important for us to acknowledge the challenges we might face ourselves and share those things that have worked for us in hopes of inspiring others to meet the Guidelines.…

This week, we spotlight two national efforts to promote community-level change:

HHS Secretary Sebelius Announces the Availability of Recovery Act Funds for Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative  (Source:  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)  Ten million dollars of Recovery Act funds have been allocated to help communities decrease smoking and obesity, increase physical activity and improve nutrition.…

 Welcome Fellow Bloggers,

We are so excited about the Be Active Your Way Blog!

As you might remember, the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion  (ODPHP) launched the blog on November 4, 2009. The purpose of the blog is to be an interactive site designed to stimulate dialog among individuals and organizations committed to promoting physical activity according the Physical Activity Guidelines (PAG), professionals with a mission of encouraging physical activity, and the general public who wish to contribute to the goals of the guidelines.…