Written by Colin Milner, CEO, International Council on Active Aging

What would happen if we were able to eliminate all the barriers to physical activity adoption and participation for older adults? Would more of them become physically active, reducing the burden that physical inactivity places on governments, societies, families and individuals?…

Excerpted from the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance website

The National Physical Activity Plan commentary series, a bi-monthly e-publication designed to draw attention to timely and thought-provoking issues in physical activity and public health, released its fifth installment March 2016. These opinion essays aim to generate momentum to advance the field of physical activity and public health.…

Written by Patty Kestell, SHAPE America 2013 National Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year

It’s February — what comes to mind? Valentine’s Day, chocolates and celebrating with the one you love? February is also recognized as American Heart Month — a time to remember our commitment to ourselves to stay heart healthy.…

Written by Sarah Benes, Program Director for Physical and Health Education Programs at Boston University on behalf of SHAPE America

When you think of school, does your child’s health come to mind? It should, as schools play a very important role in helping students develop healthy habits and behaviors through health education programs.…

Cross-posted from Kaiser Permanente Total Health Partnerships Listserv

Physical activity, healthy eating and managing stress are all important factors to achieve total health. However, consider this alarming statistic: only about half of Americans meet the recommended 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity. To help get people moving, health care providers must become better health champions.…

Written by Jennifer Weber, Director of Healthy Way to Grow at the American Heart Association 

It’s a health-conscious world out there and chances are you’re one of the many who wants to join the movement, but getting those around you involved can sometimes be a bit of a challenge. We all have busy schedules and the thought of changing our day-to-day can be enough to make even the most motivated health-seeker turn and run the other way.…

Written by Alexandra Black MPH, RD, LDN, Health Promotion Manager, IHRSA 

There is a saying that goes something like “if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing itself stupid.” It resonates with so many because we know every person has different talents, experiences, preferences, and abilities, and not all can be judged by the same measure.…

Written by Alexandra Black MPH, RD, LDN, Health Promotion Manager, IHRSA

It can sometimes feel as though every other week there is a new “controversy” in the health and wellness world. Is running good for you, or will it increase the risk of joint injury? Is fat heart healthy or cancer causing?…