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.

Guest Post from Active Living Research

How have your New Year’s resolutions been going? Like many people, I enjoyed the holiday season with plenty of good food and drink and then felt the urge to redeem myself with healthier habits once January 1 rolled around. But how often have you started a new year by walking a mile everyday or replacing your lunchtime soda with water, only to find yourself reverting back to old habits within a few weeks?…

Post by Melissa Merson, Prevent Cancer Foundation

Patients emerging from cancer treatment are accustomed to detailed instructions from doctors regarding medications, radiation, surgery, etc.  Yet when they complete treatment the doctor often sends them along with a simple directive to eat right and be physically active. Patients often are frightened by no longer having a protocol to fight their disease and bewildered as to what to do next.…

Posted by IHRSA

The 80/20 rule has become a shorthand way of describing a system where 80% of the output is created by 20% of the inputs/participants. It’s a phenomenon witnessed by economists and social scientists across several sectors of society. In business, for example, 80% of a company’s negative feedback may come from just 20% of its customers; 80% of sales may come from 20% of the sales staff; and on volunteer boards of directors, 80% of the work may come from 20% of the volunteers.…

By Dr. David Geier, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine

As 2014 begins, people all over the country are trying to stick to their New Year’s resolutions. Many of them pursue goals to get in shape or start new fitness programs. While all of these exercise goals are admirable in helping to improve their physical health, they should also set realistic goals in order to avoid injuries.…

Several staff members from ODPHP had the opportunity to attend a recent IOM workshop entitled The Current State of Obesity Solutions in the United States. The workshop brought together leaders from a variety of settings to provide an update on the current epidemiology of obesity and explore the prevalence, trends, severity, and disparities across the US.…