Written by Betty Ann Fish, 2015 SHAPE America National Elementary PE Teacher of the Year

The summer is winding down. As a physical education teacher, my hope is that your child has been physically active during their time off! Daily physical activity is vital for building healthy bodies and better brain power.…

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

Conventional wisdom seems to say that it takes doing something – flossing, taking the stairs, eating breakfast – for 27 days before it becomes a habit.  But what about something you might not do everyday? Vacuuming your floors twice a week, for example.…

Written by the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association wants peopleto lace up and get moving in celebration of National Walking Day (April 1).

These days, we’re spending more time at workand sitting in front of a screen than ever before. We’re becoming less active,which can increase our risk of heart disease, stroke and other diseases.…

Written by the Weight-control Information Network

The Physical Activity Guidelines recommend at least 150 minutes each week of moderate aerobic activity for adults—and at least an hour each day of active time for kids. This may be hard during winter, when cold temperatures and decreased daylight may reduce your desire to be active.…

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

Every year, October through March is considered “flu season,” otherwise known as “that cold part of the year when everyone you know is getting sick.”  And just recently the CDC announced that they misjudged which flu strains would be most common, meaning that the vaccine is likely less effective than in previous years at warding off the flu.…

Guest post from Dorothea Vafiadis, MS, FAHA, Director of Healthy Living at the American Heart Association

Why do we sometimes get the blues at the end of summer? Is it because of the long, hot days beating down and drying out the landscape? Watching the days shorten and the mornings and evenings darken?…

Written by the NEA Health Information Network

After the Polar Vortex that seemed to never want to end, summer is just around the corner! If you’re like us, you probably can’t wait to head outdoors and shake off those winter blues.

Who says that resolutions are only for January? Set a fitness goal to accomplish by summer’s end!…

Written by IHRSA

When it comes to promoting the health benefits of physical activity to Americans, we need to stop thinking in terms of “awareness.” Polls indicate that Americans have heard the message. And in a culture that feeds on controversy, the notion that exercise is good for health remains one of the last points of consensus, at least in broad strokes.…

Guest Post from the Institute at the Golden Gate

In the past decade, rates of obesity and associated chronic diseases have skyrocketed in children and adults. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) documents that more than one-third of adults in the United States—more than 72 million people—are considered medically obese and therefore more likely to develop major chronic diseases such as type-2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.…

Written by the Weight-control Information Network

May is the National Physical Fitness and Sports Month! Celebrate by building habits to meet the Physical Activity Guidelines—or, if you have these habits, by keeping up the good work. The warmer, sunnier weather of spring may make it easier to fit activity into your day and try new kinds of exercise.…