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.

On October 27-28, 2016 the Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee held its second public meeting at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD. It was the second of five planned public meetings. This second meeting provided an opportunity for the Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee subcommittees to present their progress to the full Committee and gain consensus on several issues.

Today the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance released the 2016 United States Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth.

Ten key indicators were selected: (1) overall physical activity levels; (2) sedentary behaviors; (3) active transportation; (4) organized sport participation; (5) active play; (6) health-related fitness; (7) family and peers; (8) schools; (9) community and the built environment; and (10) government strategies and investments.…

Written on behalf of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases’ (NIDDK) Weight-control Information Network (WIN)

 

Diabetes affects more than 29 million Americans. Another 86 million people—more than 1 in 3 adults—have prediabetes.

For people with or at risk for diabetes, regular physical activity helps improve insulin sensitivity and glycemic control, has a positive effect on blood pressure and cholesterol, and helps manage weight.…

SHAPE America’s new position statement supporting schools’ use of the WSCC model outlines best practices for each of the 10 components and encourages health and physical educators to use the model to advocate for the alignment of health and education goals in an effort to meet the needs of all students.

By Alexandra Black, Health Promotion Manager at IHRSA

Bone and Joint Action Week, October 12th – 20th, is a week focused on raising awareness for the prevention, treatment, and advances made in various areas of bone and joint health including arthritis, back pain, and osteoporosis. Although physical activity may not be a new advance, it is an accessible means of both prevention and treatment that health providers can recommend to their patients for these bone and joint conditions

The beneficial effects of exercise on conditions of bone and joint health are well documented.…

Join Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy October 13-26, 2016 in the Step It Up USA Fitbit Challenge!

Over the last year, the Surgeon General has been challenging communities across the country to get up and get moving. Now he’s taking that challenge to the next level by asking everyone to Step It Up and take as many steps as possible from October 13‑26, 2016.…

By Suzanne Haynes, Ph.D., HHS Office on Women’s Health (OWH)

Many women in the United States feel pressure to conform to society’s expectations, particularly around weight. But cultural acceptance of higher weights in the LGBT community challenges the expectations of typical weight loss programs.  Lesbian and bisexual women are more likely to be obese than heterosexual women, but less likely to consider themselves overweight or want to lose weight.…