In recognition of National Youth Sports Week, Aspen Institute's Project Play Initiative shares 8 plays – strategies – that health professionals, parents, and organizations can utilize to help kids get active through sports. Moving sports and physical activity participation numbers at a population level is never easy, even with the engagement of organizations with great influence. Health professionals can shape strategies and create policies that align with the interests of children, as reflected in the framework of Project Play.
Everybody needs physical activity for good health and inclusive after-school programs can help increase physical activity among children of all abilities. Girls on the Run, in collaboration with the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD), recently completed a pilot inclusion program aimed at involving girls with disabilities across the country in this physical activity-based positive youth development program.
America Walks has worked tirelessly to make sure all community members have safe, accessible, and enjoyable places to walk and be physically active. To recognize the community change agents working in this space across the United States, America Walks launched its Community Change Grant program in 2015. This program provides funds to catalyze smaller-scale, low-cost projects and programs that increase the prevalence of walking, expand the diversity of people and organizations working to advance walkability, and help to make walking safer, easier, and more fun for all community members. Read about how one group is taking strides to "Walk Across Alabama."
To address disparities in its obesity rates, the California Department of Public Health created the Early Care and Education Physical Activity Toolkit for Preschool-Aged Children. The toolkit provides practical tools for integrating physical activity throughout the day for young children ages 3 to 5 years old.
Planning to attend this year’s American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting? Representatives from the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will be presenting on many of the findings from the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee Scientific Report. You won't want to miss these sessions!
National Arthritis Awareness Month, observed during the month of May, aims to bring awareness to the growing prevalence of arthritis, the need for additional research and advocacy, and to encourage physical activity among the millions of adults with arthritis. The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) has been working through local parks and recreation to help people with arthritis manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life through the sustained delivery of CDC-recommended, arthritis-appropriate, evidence-based interventions across 48 states and American Samoa.
National Women’s Health Week, May 13-19, may be a good time to consider talking with your patients, colleagues, health care organizations, and others about the importance of promoting healthy lifestyle behaviors to women. The NIDDK at NIH—with input from black women and other partners, including Harvard University and Tufts University—launched Sisters Together: Move More, Eat Better, a national movement to inspire black women to improve their health through regular physical activity and healthy eating. Learn more about how you may be able to start a Sisters Together program where you live, work, or network.