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.

A BikeShare Program brings multiple benefits to government worksites with just one program: increased employee satisfaction, increased physical activity opportunities, savings from converted local trips and parking fees, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. To assist government agencies in launching, implementing, and sustaining an employee BikeShare Program, the Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Branch (NEOPB) of the California Department of Public Health designed an Employee BikeShare Program toolkit.
Because the foundation for lifetime fitness is built in childhood, making family fitness a priority early on can yield results for years to come. May means longer days, warmer temperatures, and a multitude of opportunities to promote physical activity to your patients and clients. To celebrate SHAPE America’s National Physical Education and Sport Week from May 1-7, this post provides tips for professionals and educators to share with families to get them more involved in fitness.
A growing body of public health and social science research has made it clear that there is an inextricable link between the design of where we live, work, and play and human health. The Active Design Guidelines communicate built environment and health research findings in a way that is easily accessible to practitioners, outlining practical design strategies with a strong focus on physical activity.
The American Heart Association and NHLBI are promoting Move More Month in April to get individuals and organizations moving in ways that work for them. Move More Month is about helping people feel good about what they’re already doing, while also providing some new and creative ways to sneak in even more daily movement.
Now that Spring has arrived, many Americans will begin to spend time outdoors and may be considering ways to get more active. Walking is among the most common forms of physical activity. The National Physical Activity Plan Alliance (NPAPA) celebrated the first day of Spring with the release of the "Promoting Walking and Walkable Communities – Cross-Sector Recommendations". The recommendations aim to identify and prioritize the most critical activities that will result in the greatest impact on improving walkability and increasing walking throughout the United States.
Park and recreation agencies are leading the way to inclusive communities across the country. The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) joined forces with the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability and Lakeshore Foundation to launch Parks for Inclusion, a pledge to ensure that all people have equal access to the benefits of local parks and recreation.
March is National Nutrition Month—a good time to talk with patients about weight management and how eating and physical activity habits can affect body weight and health. But talking about weight can be difficult for both patients and health care providers. This post includes tips and resources that may help pave the way for more successful patient/provider interactions.