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?…

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

Last week’s entry, “Healthy Choices Require Healthy Options,” articulated well the “need to make the healthy choice the easy choice by ensuring that our communities have adequate opportunities for children, families and adults to engage in healthy behaviors in all of the places where they live, work, learn, and play.” Those opportunities include pedestrian/biker friendly streets, safe parks and playgrounds, and paths for walking and biking.  …

By IHRSA

As a trade association for health clubs, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) is rightly considered an organization dedicated to promoting healthy living through physical activity.

We believe deeply that physical activity is a core component of wellness and that its reintegration into American culture is vital to reversing the chronic disease and obesity epidemics threatening our nation’s future.…

By AOSSM

Childhood obesity has become one of the most widespread public health problems in the United States, and it has received tremendous media attention in recent years. Obesity in children and adolescents has also been thought to be a significant risk factor for cardiac disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure later in life.…

This week, we present some of the “hot topics” in media surrounding physical activity among youth:

Exercise Helps Teens Overcome ‘Obesity Gene’ (Source:  US News and World Report) Researchers in Sweden report that lifestyle choices can challenge genetic predisposition toward obesity.

 

Nearly Third of Children Globally are Couch Potatoes (Source:  Reuters) Researchers at the World Health Organization surveyed 70,000 youth from around the world on their physical activity patterns. …

This week, we highlight physical activity initiatives from the White House to the Sonoran Desert:

 

HHS Secretary and Surgeon General Join First Lady to Announce Plans to Combat Overweight and Obesity and Support Healthy Choices  (Source:  HHS) Marking the release of a new Surgeon General report, the First Lady teams up with the Department of Health and Human Services on a mission to reduce obesity in the United States.…