Written by David Brown, Senior Behavioral Scientist, Physical Activity and Health Branch, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Originally posted August 20, 2015 on the CDC Preventing Chronic Disease Dialogue blog

Public health practitioners, ideally with support from one or more community partners, can help promote physical activity through mall walking programs.…

Written by VA MOVE! Program

For the 5 million U.S. Veterans—78% of whom are overweight or obese—who annually get care in Veterans Health Administration (VHA) facilities, maintaining a healthy weight can be a challenge.

Fortunately, they have the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) MOVE! Weight Management Program to help them eat healthier, be more physically active, and achieve even small weight losses that can reduce health risks, prevent or reverse certain diseases, and improve well-being.…

Cross-posted from Kaiser Permanente Total Health Partnerships Listserv

Physical activity, healthy eating and managing stress are all important factors to achieve total health. However, consider this alarming statistic: only about half of Americans meet the recommended 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity. To help get people moving, health care providers must become better health champions.…

Don’t Let a Sports Injury Keep You Out Of The Game, Get Covered Today | HHS.gov/healthcare

Wondering what the Affordable Care Act has to with sports and physical activity? Read this recent post from Secretary of Health and Human Services to learn why athletes should get covered.…

Recent research published in JAMA has shown obesity prevalence has decreased among children ages 2-5 years.

Read more in a statement from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President and CEO, Risa Lavizzo-Mourey.

http://www.rwjf.org/en/about-rwjf/newsroom/newsroom-content/2014/02/robert-wood-johnson-foundation-statement-on-obesity-rates–lets-.html?cid=xem_a8049

Post by NPAP

Since its launch nearly four years ago, the National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP) has acted as a roadmap to policy makers and advocates to create a more physically active nation. The NPAP is a document comprised of 240+ evidence-based recommendations for change in the policies and systems that guide the environments in which we live, work, learn, play, and commute.…

Post by IHRSA

Last month, we noted in this space that only 1 in 5 Americans self-reported enough physical activity to meet the Physical Activity Guidelines. And given the optimistic leanings of most self-reporting, we might assume the number is much lower. Even our kids, who seem born wired to run and play, are predominantly sedentary.…

Blog post by NCHPAD

February should be a time for implementation of your New Year’s focused goals and strategies, but are these tactics reaching out to the often most untapped market in the fitness industry— people with disabilities?

 Pictured above: JoAnne Fluke, Zumba® Instructor

Over 54 million Americans have a disability or activity limitation. …

Fatigue can be debilitating. Here’s how you can help your clients boost their energy levels and get back into top form.

By Colin Milner, CEO, International Council on Active Aging

Whether due to poor sleep patterns, not getting enough exercise, taking care of children and/or parents, poor nutrition, long work hours, drug interactions, stress, depression or a myriad of other issues, the fact is that most adults are in search of energy.…

The HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion has been working with the Association for State and Local Health Officials (ASTHO) to educate and mobilize state health leadership to integrate the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans and the PAG Midcourse Report throughout the state health agencies.  This partnership has resulted in four webinars, a collection of case studies, and an issue brief describing state stories.…