Appendix 3. Federal Web Sites That Promote Physical Activity
Individuals and Families
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Preventing Falls in Older Adults promotes physical activity as part of
the approach to reducing falls and fall-related injuries among older adults.
National Institutes of Health
NIH Senior Health provides aging-related health information for seniors
on a variety of topics, including exercise and the causes and prevention of
balance problems and falls. Exercise and Physical Activity: Your Everyday
Guide from the National Institute on Aging, an evidence-based guide that
provides information about how older adults can meet the Physical Activity
Guidelines can be found at
Office of the Surgeon General
The Office of the Surgeon General promotes Healthy Youth for a Healthy Future, an HHS childhood overweight and obesity prevention initiative. The Web site provides resources to help youth stay active and make healthy choices.
President's Council on Physical Fitness and
The President’s Challenge program recognizes adults and children
for meeting physical activity goals through its Presidential Active Lifestyle
Award and Presidential Champions program. In addition, the program continues
its longstanding physical fitness testing program for children and adolescents.
An adult fitness test, found at https://www.hhs.gov/fitness/index.html,
allows adults aged 18 and older to track their current level of fitness.
Additional information can be found at the President's Council on Physical
Fitness and Sports https://www.hhs.gov/fitness/index.html.
Division of Adolescent and School Health, CDC
The Nutrition, Physical Activity, & Obesity section of the CDC’s Adolescent and School Health Web site provides evidence-based guidance for schools on how to implement policies and practices that effectively promote healthy choices and behaviors among youth.
Administration on Aging (AoA)
The AoA Evidence-Based Disease Prevention Program provides examples of
how community-based organizations deliver low-cost evidence-based physical
activity programs that benefit older adults and help them to thrive in their
Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO),
CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) is working
to implement policy and environmental strategies to make healthy eating and active living accessible and affordable for everyone.
Federal Highway Administration
The Bicycle and Pedestrian program provides resources to help promote
bicycle and pedestrian transportation use, safety, and accessibility. Resources
include a listing of State Pedestrian and Bicycle Coordinators and information
on funding sources and legislation. This Web site also links to the Pedestrian
and Bicycle Information Center, which provides information on engineering,
advocacy, education, and enforcement topics.
Environmental Protection Agency
The Building Healthy Communities for Active Aging program provides
tools to support community efforts to employ smart growth and active aging
policies and programs. One focus of the program is the Building Healthy
Communities for Active Aging awards program, which recognizes communities for
advancing smart growth and active aging measures.
National Institutes of Health
We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children's Activity and Nutrition) is an
educational program for families and communities focused on helping youths
improve food choices, increase physical activity, and reduce screen time. We
Can! is jointly sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; the
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases; the Eunice
Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development; and
the National Cancer Institute.
National Park Service
The Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program has helpful
tools that provide resources and information on trail and greenways programs
and trail development. For example, the site has a toolbox of materials on how
to turn a community dream of building a trail or revitalizing a park or open
space into reality.
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)
The Agency for Health-care Research & Quality supports this
independent panel of experts in primary care and prevention that systematically
reviews the evidence of effectiveness and develops recommendations for clinical
preventive services. The USPSTF recognizes that regular physical activity helps
prevent chronic disease and decrease morbidity. The USPSTF counseling
recommendation about promoting physical activity is focused on behavioral
counseling services delivered in primary care practices.
Healthier Worksite Initiative, CDC
This CDC initiative provides health promotion program planners working
in State and Federal Government offices with information on a variety of health
promotion programs, including physical activity promotion and fitness center
design and management. The Web site also links to resources from other
nonprofit and educational organizations through the Quick Resources
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