Several staff members from ODPHP had the opportunity to attend a recent IOM workshop entitled The Current State of Obesity Solutions in the United States. The workshop brought together leaders from a variety of settings to provide an update on the current epidemiology of obesity and explore the prevalence, trends, severity, and disparities across the US.…

By IHRSA

In a recent post, we discussed the importance of making the healthy choice, not just the “easy choice,” but also the happy choice. This week, we’ll touch on the power of making the healthy place, the easy and happy place.

It’s fair to say that a neighborhood fitness center serves a very different purpose than a neighborhood tavern. …

The last Be Active Your Way blog entry referenced the recently-released Institute of Medicine (IOM) report entitled, “Educating the Student Body: Taking Physical Activity and Physical Education to School.”  Key among the report’s recommendations, as noted here previously, is a Whole of School approach to physical activity.

Following this approach, the report said, will help ensure all students meet the Department of Health and Human Services youth recommendations for at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day.…

By PCFSN

Written by: J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE; Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health

 

Cross-posted from the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition blog

 

Fitness is a word that means something different to everyone.  For some, it’s a necessity.  A prerequisite for health and wellbeing.  For others, it’s a journey. …

This Friday, May 17th is National Bike to Work Day. Here in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area there are 70 pit stops throughout DC, Maryland, and Virginia. In 2001, only a few hundred participated, but over 12,000 participated last year. I was one of those participants and I had a blast!…

By APTA

Blog post written by: Donna B Bainbridge, PT, EdD, ATC; James Michael Gleason, PT, MS; and Victoria S T Tilley, PT, GCS

People with intellectual disability are at risk for poorer health and earlier death than the general population. People with intellectual disability may have more difficulty understanding advertisements and media messages intended to enhance or promote health, and they often depend on family or caregivers to provide support and guidance in daily decision making.…

Cross-posted from the President’s Council of Fitness, Sports and Nutrition blog.

By: Karin Allor Pfeiffer, PhD, FACSM, Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and faculty in the Center for Physical Activity and Health at Michigan State University, Member of the PCFSN Science Board, and Subcommittee Member of the Physical Activity Guidelines Midcourse Report

In 2008, the U.S.…

We know childhood and adolescence is a period when regular physical activity is critical for healthy growth and development, but today America’s youth are less active than ever before.

This Friday, the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) and the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, & Nutrition (PCFSN) will release the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Midcourse Report: Strategies to Increase Physical Activity Among Youth at the Partnership for a Healthier America Summit in Washington, D.C.…

By ACSM

It has been two years since First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative prompted families, individuals and organizations to take their health into their own hands. The campaign has given American families the motivation to live a healthier life through physical activity and nutrition, and continue the fight against childhood obesity.…

By YMCA

The First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative has been embraced by individuals and organizations across the country, and has helped to raise awareness of the importance of healthy behaviors like physical activity and healthy eating. It has also generated additional engagement across all sectors – public and private – in making commitments to help ensure that this generation of children, and those that follow, grow up in environments where the healthy choice is the easy choice.…