Written by ODPHP

Over two days in April, more than 300 researchers, public health practitioners, and the public gathered in downtown DC and via webcast to learn about the latest initiatives using physical activity to address obesity. The workshop, Physical Activity: Moving Toward Obesity Solutions, is the third part of a series of workshops hosted by the Institute Of Medicine (IOM) Round Table on Obesity Solutions exploring how different sectors can influence the health and weight status of Americans.…

Written by Colin Milner, Chief Executive Officer of the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA)

Advertisers in America spent $171 billion in 2013 to market their products and services. Of this amount, 95% was dedicated to building their brand and gaining the business of adults ages 35 years and younger, a number that remains unchanged since 2002.…

Written by Dr. David Geier, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine

Next week marks the five-year anniversary of the launch of the Let’s Move! campaign. This initiative, launched by First Lady Michelle Obama, aims to make children happier and healthier by reversing some dangerous trends in childhood obesity:

Childhood obesity rates have tripled over the last 30 years.…

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

Last week, a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that twice as many early deaths may be caused by physical inactivity rather than from obesity. There is some bad news in terms of our physical activity habits as a nation, with just 5% of US adults and a third of US kids active on a daily basis according to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition.…

Written by Colin Milner, Chief Executive Officer of the International Council on Active Aging® (ICAA)

When was the last time that an advertisement so compelled you that you stopped flipping pages or channels? That it engaged your full attention and “totally rocked your world”? That you read or watched it to the very end, then picked up your phone or went online to learn more?…

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.…

Written by Alexandra Black MPH, RD, LDN, Health Promotion Manager, IHRSA Today, as I was perusing Twitter to find inspiration for this week’s blog post, I came across an article in Psychology Today by Dr. Sherry Pagoto on the real reason we don’t exercise. According to Pagoto, the reason is that we avoid being uncomfortable in an increasingly comfortable world (at least in the US).…

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

Health literacy is defined as the ability to obtain, process, and understand basic health information, and October is National Health Literacy Month, dedicated to promoting a better understanding of health information. Health literacy is often discussed in terms of medical diagnoses and clinical treatments, but I think it has relevance in other areas, with no better example than the great American food label (probably why the FDA is working on an update).…

Written by Dr. David Geier, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine

Most athletes think of knee and shoulder problems when we talk about sports-related injuries. With fall sports in full swing, it is important to remember that eye injuries in sports are not only common, but they are potentially very serious.…

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