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.

Written by Alexandra Black, Health Promotion Manager at IHRSA

Today is the Wednesday after Christmas. We’re just finishing up the last of the leftover turkey, ham, and apple pie. Maybe just pulling ourselves off the couch for our first walk in a week (or weeks), thinking of all the great things we’ll accomplish next year.…

Written by ODPHP

With 2015 drawing to a close, we look toward 2016 and all we can do to support physical activity. America Walks, host of the Walking Summit, announced an extensive schedule of webinars for the New Year. See below for the many opportunities you have to learn more and get engaged in the walking movement.  …

Planning is underway for the 2nd edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (PAG)!

The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is leading this effort. We are working in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN).…

Written by SHAPE America member, Nancy Blake, 2014 Alaska Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year

Days grow shorter. Temperatures dip lower. There can be a temptation to follow the bear’s example and hibernate during these cold winter months, but we know that it is important to stay physically active all year long.…

Written on behalf of the NIH/NIDDK Weight-Control Information Network

The holiday season seems like the perfect excuse to put physical activity on the back burner. Combine cold weather and shorter days with holiday activities and preparations, and it’s easy to see how a physical activity routine might fall lower on the priority list this time of year.…

Written on behalf of the National Physical Activity Plan

The National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP) commentary series, a bi-monthly e-publication designed to draw attention to timely and thought-provoking issues in physical activity and public health, released its third installment December 1, 2015. These opinion essays aim to generate momentum to advance the field of physical activity and public health.…

Written by Guard Your Health

Like many people, you probably associate cooler weather with pumpkins, falling leaves, and apple cider. As cooler weather and shorter days usher in, you may be spending more time indoors and finding it harder to stay active – and we don’t blame you! While it’s easy for cool days or bad weather to keep you from working out, there are unique ways to stay active and motivated no matter what the weather brings.  …

Written by VA MOVE! Program

For the 5 million U.S. Veterans—78% of whom are overweight or obese—who annually get care in Veterans Health Administration (VHA) facilities, maintaining a healthy weight can be a challenge.

Fortunately, they have the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) MOVE! Weight Management Program to help them eat healthier, be more physically active, and achieve even small weight losses that can reduce health risks, prevent or reverse certain diseases, and improve well-being.…

Written by Nicole Langerman, The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health; & Roberto Ruiz, Pentagon DiLorenzo TRICARE Health Clinic, Fit To Win

With a fast-paced lifestyle, finding time to get meaningful physical activity can be difficult for anyone. November is American Diabetes Month and according to the Veterans Administration, 25 percent of patients have diabetes.…