By, Diana Allen, Health Promotion and Healthy Parks Healthy People Chief and Anne O’Neill, Park Rx Coordinator, National Park Service

Dr. Robert Zarr from Unity Healthcare’s Upper Cardozo Health Center with NPS Director Jonathan Jarvis and another female doctor and patient – for ParkRx.

Preventable chronic disease afflicts many Americans and there is evidence that parks, nature, and open space can provide health benefits for those suffering from obesity, diabetes, and depression.…

Written by Alexandra Black, Health Promotion Manager at IHRSA

June marks Employee Health and Fitness month. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 90 percent of workers spend more than 40 hours per week at work, which makes the workplace a great place to target and change health behaviors. …

Written by NCHPAD

For most of us, the workplace is where we spend the majority of our waking hours. Over many decades, a growing mountain of evidence has shown that worksites that provide wellness programming for their employees enhance worker productivity, reduce health care costs, reduce absenteeism and increase employee knowledge about disease prevention.…

By Dr. David Geier, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine

High school and college football teams start their practices for the fall season in the brutal heat of the summer. Young players and their parents and coaches should start getting kids prepared for these conditions now to decrease the risk of heat illness when practice starts.…

New CDC Resource: Promoting Airport Walking — A Guide

Check out this new resource from the CDC on how to fit some physical activity into your long travel days!

Each day, millions of Americans travel through the nation’s airports to destinations around the world. Because millions of Americans travel through the country’s airports each day, they are good places for promoting healthy habits.…

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

Lack of time may be one of the biggest obstacles when it comes to physical activity. But you don’t have to train for a marathon or go to the gym every day to stay active.…

Written by Ayanna McKnight, Fellow at the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity

Global Employee Health & Fitness Month (GEHFM) is an international and national observance of health and fitness in the workplace. The goal of GEHFM is to promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle to employers and their employees through worksite health promotion activities and environments.…

HHS posted a notice in the Federal Register on May 12, 2016 announcing the re-establishment of the Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee (PAGAC). The Department is currently reviewing candidates for the 2018 PAGAC and expects to reach a decision in time to convene a public meeting in the summer of 2016.…

Written by Shellie Pfohl, Executive Director of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month! President Obama has encouraged the nation to engage in regular physical activity and sport participation this month and we can’t wait to see how everyone rises up to this challenge.…

SHAPE America member Miriam Kenyon, Director, Health and Physical Education, Office of Teaching and Learning, District of Columbia Public Schools

I grew up in Washington, DC, near Rock Creek Park.  When I wasn’t in school, my sisters and I were outside playing sports and riding our bikes.  A bike provided us with a sense of independence and freedom and a fun way to exercise.…