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.…

The last Be Active Your Way blog entry referenced the recently-released Institute of Medicine (IOM) report entitled, “Educating the Student Body: Taking Physical Activity and Physical Education to School.”  Key among the report’s recommendations, as noted here previously, is a Whole of School approach to physical activity.

Following this approach, the report said, will help ensure all students meet the Department of Health and Human Services youth recommendations for at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day.…

Original Posting on President Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition’s blog: http://fitness.gov/blog-posts/whole-school-approach-physical-activity.html

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recently released a report entitled “Educating the Student Body:  Taking Physical Activity and Physical Education to School.”  With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the report committee was tasked with: 1) assessing the status of physical activity and physical education in schools; 2) reviewing the science behind the effects of physical activity on health, development and academic performance in youth; and 3) making recommendations appropriate with the scientific evidence.…

By PCFSN

Written by: J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE; Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health

 

Cross-posted from the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition blog

 

Fitness is a word that means something different to everyone.  For some, it’s a necessity.  A prerequisite for health and wellbeing.  For others, it’s a journey. …

By NCHPAD

On January 24, 2013, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued a Dear Colleague Letter clarifying school’s obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to provide extracurricular athletic opportunities for students with disabilites. The guidance creates a clear roadmap for how schools can integrate students with disabilities into mainstream athletic programs and create adapted programs for students with disabilities.…

We know childhood and adolescence is a period when regular physical activity is critical for healthy growth and development, but today America’s youth are less active than ever before.

This Friday, the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) and the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, & Nutrition (PCFSN) will release the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Midcourse Report: Strategies to Increase Physical Activity Among Youth at the Partnership for a Healthier America Summit in Washington, D.C.…

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 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

As a trade association for fitness centers, IHRSA is responsible for creating and fostering an industry marketplace for creative programming. A particularly robust segment of that marketplace relates to youth programming in health clubs. Ideas are swirling about engagement, program design, and how to collaborate with communities to fill gaps left by budget cuts to recess and physical education.…