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 ACSM

Antronette Yancey, MD-Creator of Instant Recess™, Meb Keflezighi-American marathon champion, Robert Sallis, MD, FACSM-Chair of Exercise is Medicine™

This is my last post as president of the American College of Sports Medicine (Tom Best, M.D.,  Ph.D., takes office at the conclusion of our 57th Annual Meeting, June 2-5 in Baltimore).…

This week, we highlight ways different American communities are bring us closer to meeting the National Physical Activity Plan’s goal that one day, all Americans will be physically active and they will live, work, and play in environments that facilitate regular physical activity. In the news:

America’s 50 Largest Metro Areas Get Their Annual Physical (Fox News) For the third straight year, the Washington, D.C., metro area claimed the highest ranking in the American College of Sports Medicine‘s (ACSM) American Fitness Index(TM) (AFI).…

By NCPPA

One of my favorite quotes from the movie Sea Biscuit is, “This is not the finish line, my friends. This is the start of the race.” I consider May 3, 2010 – the day that the Nation’s first Physical Activity Plan was launched – as the start of the race to increase the number of American’s striving to achieve the amount of physical activity recommended for their demographic in the National Physical Activity Guidelines. …

This week, we discuss efforts to increase physical activity among youth via private partnerships, state funding opportunities, and federal legislation:

American Heart Association and Nintendo Join Forces to Promote Healthy Living Through Active-Play Video Games (Source:  Businesswire.com)  Concern over children’s health spurs non-traditional partnership between AHA and Nintendo.

Pennsylvania Announces Active Schools Grant Program in Elementary Schools for 2010-11 School Year  (Source:  PRNewswire.com)  Grants assist schools in providing 30 minutes/day of physical activity for students.…

By NPAP

I’m very pleased to announce the first National Physical Activity Plan for the United States.  The launch on May 3rd represents the culmination of a two-year effort to develop the Plan and the beginning of the long-term effort to implement it.

Through implementation, government, private industry, non-profits, communities and individuals can now work together under a common set of strategies aimed at one thing; getting more Americans to be more physically active. …

In light of the recent release of the National Physical Activity Plan, we present a snapshot of stories related to the physical activity environment that are making the news:

More police, fire recruits flunk fitness test  (Source:  USA Today) Local governments around the country express the need for increased physical fitness in the name of citizen safety.…

As the Director of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, I am excited about the release of the National Physical Activity Plan because I believe it will provide the necessary momentum to start a health social movement. At this time, it is important for everyone—regardless of sex or age—to get on the bandwagon.…

This week, we link to a collection of online tools to promote National Physical Fitness and Sports   Month and introduce the new national Physical Activity Plan:

National Physical Fitness and Sports Month  (Source:  healthfinder.gov) HHS presents a collection of online tools to promote this May health observance. Physical Activity Plan  (Source:  U.S.…