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.

This year’s Center for Active Design: Excellence awards winners represent the best national and international projects that support public health through innovative active design strategies. While the Active Design movement began with a focus on how the built environment impacted health through physical activity, there has been a recognizable effort over the past 5 years to incorporate mental, social, and civic well-being as crucial pillars in health-promoting design.
Early care and education providers play a critical role in maintaining a child’s health and safety. Many children are in early care and education settings for several hours during the day, which means this can be the primary environment for children to eat, play, and grow. By modeling healthy eating and physically active lifestyles, early care and education providers can set our children on the road to a lifetime of good habits. During National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, learn tips from the Office of Child Care within the Administration for Children and Families for early care and education providers to promote healthy eating and physical activity.
September marks Go4Life Month, sponsored by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This year's campaign challenges older adults to “Move More with Go4Life®!” by stepping up physical activity, working out a bit more frequently, and trying all four types of recommended exercise: endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility.
SHAPE America’s 50 Million Strong initiative is a commitment to put all children on the path to health and physical literacy through effective health and physical education programs so they have the ability, confidence, and desire to be physically active and make healthy choices by 2029. Celebrate back to school with this post on physical literacy.
The Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee is composed of 17 nationally recognized experts in the fields of physical activity and health. Today, we are highlighting Dr. Kirk Erickson, Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Geriatric Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. On the Committee, Dr. Erickson serves as chair of the Brain Health Subcommittee and is a member of the Aging Subcommittee.
For parents, keeping tabs on their children’s eating and physical activity habits can be especially hard once the kids head back to school. Health professionals can encourage parents to model healthy behaviors their children may follow when they are away from home. The Weight-Control Information Network at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases shares tips on how parents can promote healthy behaviors during the back-to-school season and beyond.
The Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee is composed of 17 nationally recognized experts in the fields of physical activity and health. Today, we are highlighting Dr. Abby King professor of Health Research & Policy and Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. King serves as Co-Chair, along with Dr. Ken Powell, of the Committee, as well as Chair of the Promotion of Physical Activity Subcommittee, and a member of the Aging Subcommittee.
For many Americans, meeting the daily physical activity recommendations can be a challenge. Between work, family and everyday responsibilities, it can be difficult to find the time to put personal health and wellness needs first. Local park and recreation agencies can offer a solution to that challenge. In fact, people who use parks and open spaces are three times more likely to achieve the recommended levels of physical activity than nonusers.