By AOSSM

Sports-related concussions have become a significant concern in recent years. Research showing the long-term dangers of concussions and the effects of repetitive sub-concussive blows that can occur in football has parents of these athletes concerned.

Many sports teams are partnering with sports medicine programs and hospitals to perform baseline concussion testing for the athletes.…

By YMCA

The First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative has been embraced by individuals and organizations across the country, and has helped to raise awareness of the importance of healthy behaviors like physical activity and healthy eating. It has also generated additional engagement across all sectors – public and private – in making commitments to help ensure that this generation of children, and those that follow, grow up in environments where the healthy choice is the easy choice.…

Originally posted on the Let’s Move! blog, in honor of the 3rd year anniversary of the Let’s Move! campaign

Since early 2010, First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative has been an important driver of childhood obesity prevention efforts across the nation. Through Let’s Move!, leaders in business, health care, community, and government have joined educators, childcare providers, faith leaders, chefs and many others to have a meaningful, positive impact on the health of our nation’s youth.…

By ACSM

Obesity rates in the United States have soared among all age groups, particularly among our youth. In fact, more than 23 million children and teenagers (ages 2-19) are obese or overweight, a statistic that health and medical experts consider an epidemic.

As alarming as this is, there are numerous opportunities to start changing this trend.…

By YMCA

As a nation, we know that our own choices and behaviors – including physical inactivity – have contributed to rising rates of chronic disease and obesity. It seems easy enough to encourage individuals and families to engage in more physical activity. But the reality is that in many communities across the nation, making healthy choices such as getting active is not only difficult; sometimes it’s not even option.…

By ACSM

Summertime brings people outside to enjoy the sunshine and blue skies. Unfortunately, just because people are outdoors more does not mean that they are being active. Many people get in their car, drive to a pool or beach, set out their towel and lie or sit for hours – only to get back in their car, drive home and relax.…

By AOSSM

Sports participation in the United States has reached record levels, and high school-level sports participation continues to rise. In fact, the National Federation of State High School Associations estimates that more than 7.6 million high school students (over 55% of all students) played sports during the 2010-2011 academic year.…

By ACSM

You can feel it all around you – in the office, at the store, in a restaurant, and at home; it’s May, and it’s time to get active! Warmer weather is upon us, and we feel rejuvenated with an abundance of energy. What better time than May for Exercise is Medicine (EIM) Month and National Physical Fitness and Sports Month?…

By PCFSN

Guest post by Drew Brees and Dominique Dawes, Co-Chairs of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition

National Physical Fitness and Sports Month is the perfect time for children and families to get outside and play together! You don’t have to do back flips in the Olympics or throw a football 40 yards down the field to be active and break a sweat.…

Written by guest blogger, Jake Lynch, from Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.

In recent years Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) has seen trails evolve from being considered purely as recreational facilities to occupying a key role in the relationship between built environments and public health. But building the trails themselves is only half the battle. Longer-term work involves encouraging their use, investing residents and users with a sense of ownership, and making trails a natural, integral part of the community.…