Written on behalf of the National Physical Activity Plan

The National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP) commentary series, a bi-monthly e-publication designed to draw attention to timely and thought-provoking issues in physical activity and public health, released its third installment December 1, 2015. These opinion essays aim to generate momentum to advance the field of physical activity and public health.…

Written by Colin Milner, CEO, International Council on Active Aging

In its World Report on Ageing and Health, the World Health Organization (WHO) “outlines a framework for action to foster Healthy Ageing built around the new concept of functional ability. Making these investments,” WHO says, “will have valuable social and economic returns, both in terms of health and wellbeing of older people and in enabling their on-going participation in society.”

Is improved function (physical, cognitive and social) now the Holy Grail for older adults?…

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 PCFSN

Written by Dominique Dawes, Co-Chair of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN)

Originally posted on the PCFSN Blog, in honor of the February 6 observance of National Girls & Women in Sports Day

Each year, this observance provides us with a tremendous opportunity to help get more girls in the game, and make a significant investment in the future of our Nation.…

By IHRSA

One of the nation’s greatest public health policy successes of the past ten years may be the widespread implementation of corporate wellness policies.

In fact, a recent notice from the Federal government states, “The Departments believe that appropriately designed wellness programs have the potential to contribute importantly to promoting health and preventing disease.” In this case, “the Departments” refer to the US Department of Health and Human Services, the US Department of Labor, and the US Department of the Treasury.…

By YMCA

There are many great programs that help people engage in physical activity for a period of time – everything from group exercise classes to walking clubs. But in order to ensure that ALL people are able to reach the recommendations for physical activity as outlined in the national Physical Activity Guidelines, these programs need to be supported by policies that ensure that physical activity is within reach to people in their everyday lives so that they might stick with the behavior they are trying to achieve.…

By IHRSA

The obesity epidemic is a well-known crisis. Polling indicates that overwhelming majorities of the public are aware of the crisis, particularly as it relates to children. Obesity may be a resilient and notoriously complex issue to address, but it’s no longer developing in the shadows of the public health landscape.…

By NCHPAD

Guest written by Tamika Jones, M.Ed., CAPE

Organizations across the United States are heavily pushing for more physical activity in physical education (PE) classes, after-school programs and community-based programs for children. This will also mean a greater push for the availability of adapted physical education (APE) services, which are so important for youth with disabilities.…

By ICAA

The concept of active aging was adopted by the World Health Organization in the late 1990s. Today, active aging provides a conceptual framework for governments, communities and corporations to plan and implement multi-dimsensional strategies to improve the quality of life for older adults. Individuals can also improve their quality of life by being engaged in life as fully as possible throughout the life span.…

By NCPPA

It’s a wonderful time to be in the business of promoting physical activity. There aren’t many issues in the public policy arena that enjoy such a broad consensus of support across political, social, and cultural lines. Everyone agrees that physical activity is good, regular physical activity is better, and a physically active lifestyle is best!…