Be a part of the process of developing the second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. As the first step in the process, 17 nationally recognized experts in physical activity and health have been appointed to serve on the Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee's first meeting will take place on July 14, 8:30 - 11:30 AM and July 15, 8:00 AM - 3:15 PM. The meeting is open to the public in person at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Campus in Bethesda or via webcast.
When it comes to physical activity and health, we know that regular physical activity can produce long term health benefits and reduce the risk of depression, cognitive decline, and many chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer. And when it comes to opportunities to be physically activity, we know that we need to do more to create communities where everyone can make physical activity a part of their daily routine – through safe spaces to walk, run, bike, wheelchair roll, and play.

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.…

Written on behalf of the NIH/NIDDK Weight-control Information Network

Each February, we celebrate Valentine’s Day—and American Heart Month. Because heart disease is the number 1 killer of both men and women in the United States, we should be tending to affairs of the heart all year long.  

About 600,000 people in the United States die of heart disease each year: that’s 1 in every 4 deaths.…

Planning is underway for the second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans to be released in 2018. The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) is seeking nominations for the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee. Details about qualifications and requirements for nominations are available through the Federal Register Notice.

Planning is underway for the 2nd edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (PAG)!

The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is leading this effort. We are working in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN).…

The holiday season seems like the perfect excuse to put physical activity on the back burner. Combine cold weather and shorter days with holiday activities and preparations, and it’s easy to see how a physical activity routine might fall lower on the priority list this time of year. Without much extra time and effort, however, your clients can work physical activity into the holiday season, making it fun and healthy for the whole family.
With a fast-paced lifestyle, finding time to get meaningful physical activity can be difficult for anyone. November is American Diabetes Month and according to the Veterans Administration, 25 percent of patients have diabetes. Research shows that active duty service members have a similar incidence of diabetes as civilians.

Written by Dr. David Geier, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine

Now that school is out, kids have time to play and get exercise. Unfortunately, far too many children spend hours each day watching television and doing other activities in front of a screen rather than being physically active.

In a 2013 policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Council on Communications and Media estimated that 8- to 10-year-olds spend about eight hours each day engaging in various forms of media.…