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.

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.
NCHPAD is happy to be a supporter of this year’s Park and Recreation Month led by the National Recreation and Park Association. This year's theme is, "Get Your Play On!" For people with disabilities, discovering the power of play starts with access, opportunity, and inclusion. Through organized efforts to create opportunities for people with disabilities, we can address health disparities that lead to physical inactivity.
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. Melicia Whitt-Glover, President and CEO of Gramercy Research Group in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. On the Committee, Dr. Whitt Glover is a member of the Promotion of Physical Activity and Youth Subcommittees.
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. John Jakicic, a professor in the Department of Health and Physical Activity and Director of the Physical Activity and Weight Management Research Center at the University of Pittsburgh. On the Committee, Dr. Jakicic is the chair of the Cardiometabolic Health and Weight Management Subcommittee and is a member of the Exposure, Promotion of Physical Activity, and Sedentary Behavior Subcommittees.

By Alexandra Black, Health Promotion Manager at IHRSA

Men in the United States, on average, have a shorter life expectancy than women, and are more likely to die from the top cause of death – heart disease. According to the CDC, about one-third of men over age 20 are obese or have high blood pressure, and just over half meet physical activity guideline recommendations.  …

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. Russ Pate, Professor in the Department of Exercise Science in the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina. On the Committee, Dr. Pate serves as chair of the Youth Subcommittee and is a member of the Cardiometabolic Health and Weight Management Subcommittee.
Every spring, 4-H clubs send delegates to the National 4-H Conference for leadership and professional development. The delegates separate into groups to address a challenge posed by a federal agency. ODPHP challenged a group of 4-H members to provide the youth perspective for how to communicate the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans to adolescents.