A BikeShare Program brings multiple benefits to government worksites with just one program: increased employee satisfaction, increased physical activity opportunities, savings from converted local trips and parking fees, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. To assist government agencies in launching, implementing, and sustaining an employee BikeShare Program, the Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Branch (NEOPB) of the California Department of Public Health designed an Employee BikeShare Program toolkit.
Because the foundation for lifetime fitness is built in childhood, making family fitness a priority early on can yield results for years to come. May means longer days, warmer temperatures, and a multitude of opportunities to promote physical activity to your patients and clients. To celebrate SHAPE America’s National Physical Education and Sport Week from May 1-7, this post provides tips for professionals and educators to share with families to get them more involved in fitness.
A growing body of public health and social science research has made it clear that there is an inextricable link between the design of where we live, work, and play and human health. The Active Design Guidelines communicate built environment and health research findings in a way that is easily accessible to practitioners, outlining practical design strategies with a strong focus on physical activity.
The American Heart Association and NHLBI are promoting Move More Month in April to get individuals and organizations moving in ways that work for them. Move More Month is about helping people feel good about what they’re already doing, while also providing some new and creative ways to sneak in even more daily movement.
The design of our public space plays a significant role in motivating physical activity and promoting all aspects of health, whether physical, mental, or social. Our expanded understanding of how the spaces in which we live, work, and play influence our health has motivated a renewed focus on public spaces, once the mainstays of our communities. The Glen Oaks Library in Queens, NY is a perfect example of how the design of a space can transform a standard municipal building with no obvious connection to well-being into a health-promoting space for the community.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Fortunately, it is largely preventable and there are many things people can do to reduce their risk, such as being more active. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health is encouraging Americans to move more and #MoveWithHeart to celebrate American Heart Month.