Written by ODPHP

May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists. There are tons of events and celebrations happening in communities from coast to coast. In 2015, Bike to Work Week will be May 11-15, with Bike to Work Day on May 15. Click here to download the National Bike Month Guide to help you create a successful Bike Month event in your organization, workplace, city, or state.…

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

Conventional wisdom seems to say that it takes doing something – flossing, taking the stairs, eating breakfast – for 27 days before it becomes a habit.  But what about something you might not do everyday? Vacuuming your floors twice a week, for example.…

Written by the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association wants peopleto lace up and get moving in celebration of National Walking Day (April 1).

These days, we’re spending more time at workand sitting in front of a screen than ever before. We’re becoming less active,which can increase our risk of heart disease, stroke and other diseases.…

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

The best way to learn something is often simply by doing it. Of course, this usually involves a healthy dose of trial and error. How many quarterbacks do you know who executed a perfect spiral throw on their first try, how many chefs created an award winning meal on the first go around, and how many authors have written the Great American Novel in the first draft?  …

Written by the Weight-control Information Network

Did you know it’s almost National Diabetes Month? Each November this observance is a chance to raise awareness about diabetes, which affects more than 29.1 million Americans—over 9 percent of the U.S. population—according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Luckily, people more likely to develop type 2 diabetes may reduce their chances if they increase physical activity and adopt other healthy habits.…

Written by NCHPAD

The National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability, the American Association on Health and Disability, and the Center on Disability at the Public Health Institute recently joined the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition (PCFSN) to launch the national Commit to Inclusion campaign. The goal of the campaign is to encourage individuals, organizations and key stakeholders to help build healthy, inclusive communities.…

Written by Tom Richards, Senior Legislative Counsel, IHRSA

As a young kid playing various “war games” in and around the wooded neighborhoods of upstate New York, my friends and I always thought it was essential to synchronize our plastic digital watches, like they did in the movies. Of course, we never performed any maneuvers that would require precise timing, but the act of synchronizing our watches seemed to strengthen the bond among friends and make us more accountable to one another.…

Written by the NIH Weight-Control Information Network

For many, September marks the start of a new school year. It is also National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. This observance is especially important in the United States, where about one-third of children and teens are overweight or obese. With extra weight in young people linked to diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol, many people may want to help youth improve their health throughout the year.…

Guest post from Dorothea Vafiadis, MS, FAHA, Director of Healthy Living at the American Heart Association

Why do we sometimes get the blues at the end of summer? Is it because of the long, hot days beating down and drying out the landscape? Watching the days shorten and the mornings and evenings darken?…

Written by the Weight-control Information Network

Happy summer! Are you a parent or other caregiver who is trying to help your kids enjoy physical activity and stay healthy during the summer? With summer’s longer days and seasonal fruits and vegetables like strawberries, nectarines, and sweet corn, chances abound for you and your family to get healthier this summer.…