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 Colin Milner, CEO, International Council on Active Aging

In its World Report on Ageing and Health, the World Health Organization (WHO) “outlines a framework for action to foster Healthy Ageing built around the new concept of functional ability. Making these investments,” WHO says, “will have valuable social and economic returns, both in terms of health and wellbeing of older people and in enabling their on-going participation in society.”

Is improved function (physical, cognitive and social) now the Holy Grail for older adults?…

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

Every October, men and women around the United States don their best pink trappings to raise awareness for breast cancer and the importance of early detection. Breast cancer affects an estimated 1 in 8 women (12%) nationwide. In 2015 nearly 300,000 cases of invasive and non-invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed, killing 40,290 women.…

Written by Sarah Benes, Program Director for Physical and Health Education Programs at Boston University on behalf of SHAPE America

When you think of school, does your child’s health come to mind? It should, as schools play a very important role in helping students develop healthy habits and behaviors through health education programs.…

Written by Margaux Mennesson, Safe Routes to School National Partnership

Thousands of kids, families and school staff are getting out of their cars and walking to school on October 7, 2015 to celebrate International Walk to School Day, a worldwide event that takes place on the first Wednesday of October each year.…

Cross-posted from Kaiser Permanente Total Health Partnerships Listserv

Physical activity, healthy eating and managing stress are all important factors to achieve total health. However, consider this alarming statistic: only about half of Americans meet the recommended 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity. To help get people moving, health care providers must become better health champions.…

The US Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, will deliver the luncheon keynote address at the National Walking Summit on October 29. Dr. Murthy’s commitment and leadership to getting Americans physically active and healthy is a cornerstone of his tenure. With the upcoming release of his Call to Action on Walking & Walkability, the speech is sure to be one not to miss! …

This summer, the NPAP Alliance introduced its new commentary series –

NPAP Commentaries on Physical Activity and Health

The commentary series is intended to be a bi-monthly e-publication designed to draw attention to timely and thought-provoking issues in physical activity and public health.  Ultimately, the primary aim of these opinion essays is to generate momentum to advance the field of physical activity and public health.…

Written by Dr. David Geier American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine

Yoga can be an effective form of exercise for almost anyone. Whether you are in great shape or you want to lose weight, there are forms of yoga that can help. If you are new to yoga, or you have injuries or physical limitations, you can modify most poses to meet your ability.…

Webcast: Step It Up! The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking & Walkability

If you missed the launch of the Surgeon General’s Call to Action, you can now view the webcast! Join the national conversation by sharing this video with others! …

Written by NCHPAD

On September 9th, 2015, the U.S. Surgeon General released a much anticipated Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities.  This call recognizes the importance of physical activity for people of all ages and abilities while calling on Americans to use walking as a way to be more active.  …