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.

Until recently, early childhood specialists typically ignored the need for formal instruction focused on young children’s physical development. We now know that preschool children are at a critical stage of language and brain development, as well as physical development, and can greatly benefit from planned instruction aimed at achieving physical literacy. Most people are familiar with the term “literacy” as it relates to a child’s reading or writing skills. However, fewer adults are able to define the term “physical literacy,” which describes the proficiency in a wide variety of fundamental movement skills and concepts. In this post, SHAPE America discusses physical literacy in young children.
The Health Professions Mentorship Program (HPMP) is an exciting two-year curriculum out of the CUNY School of Medicine designed for rising high school juniors and seniors considering careers in healthcare. As part of the 2017 HPMP summer programming, the students were asked to provide insight into physical activity behaviors and preferences. In this post, we summarize the results of the students' research into adolescent physical activity preferences and describe a sample program that the HPMP students developed based on these results.
While the health, mental health, and social benefits of regular physical activity are well documented, individuals, families, and communities continue to find it difficult to get the recommended amount of physical activity. The need for physical activity turnkey programs, “how-to” resources, guides, and tools is critical for communities and CDPH is here to provide assistance.
The 2017 United States Report Card on Walking and Walkable Communities, released by the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance serves to establish a national baseline on walking behavior and identify opportunities for growth. The Report Card is the first comprehensive national assessment of walking and walkability in the United States. It measures the extent to which individuals and communities in the United States meet selected standards related to walking. Grades reflect national-level performance, not that of states or local municipalities. Initial grades indicate we’ve got some improvements to make!
To help people create lasting change in their health and wellbeing, the American Heart Association has launched Healthy For Good™, a revolutionary new movement built on four core ideas: Eat smart. Add color. Move more. Be well. Move More, one of the four pillars of Healthy For Good, shows people easy ways to be more physically active every day, on their terms, in ways that align with their interests, needs, and preferences.
Each October, International Walk to School Day is celebrated in more than 40 countries and in thousands of schools across the U.S. NCHPAD developed the Discover Inclusive Safe Routes to School Guidebook and How I Walk campaign to promote and encourage the inclusion of youth with disability in walking to school. This October join in the movement to get all kids more active.