Be Active Your Way

The Be Active Your Way (BAYW) Blog is now archived. The BAYW Blog offered insights from health and physical activity professionals about translating the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans into practice.

To get updates from ODPHP about physical activity news and events, follow the health.gov Blog.

Written by Alexandra Black MPH, RD, LDN, Health Promotion Manager, IHRSA Today, as I was perusing Twitter to find inspiration for this week’s blog post, I came across an article in Psychology Today by Dr. Sherry Pagoto on the real reason we don’t exercise. According to Pagoto, the reason is that we avoid being uncomfortable in an increasingly comfortable world (at least in the US).…

Written by the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance (NPAPA)

In the coming months, the National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP) will celebrate its 5th anniversary at the 2015 National Physical Activity Plan Congress. Since its launch, the NPAP has acted as a roadmap to policy makers and advocates to create a more physically active nation.…

Written by the Weight-control Information Network

Did you know it’s almost National Diabetes Month? Each November this observance is a chance to raise awareness about diabetes, which affects more than 29.1 million Americans—over 9 percent of the U.S. population—according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Luckily, people more likely to develop type 2 diabetes may reduce their chances if they increase physical activity and adopt other healthy habits.…

Written by Alexandra Black MPH, RD, LDN, Health Promotion Manager, IHRSA

Health literacy is defined as the ability to obtain, process, and understand basic health information, and October is National Health Literacy Month, dedicated to promoting a better understanding of health information. Health literacy is often discussed in terms of medical diagnoses and clinical treatments, but I think it has relevance in other areas, with no better example than the great American food label (probably why the FDA is working on an update).…