CDC's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity releases a status report for Step it Up! The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities

April 5, 2017 8:44 pm

In honor of National Walking Day, the Surgeon General’s Call to Action Step It Up has been released! Check out the new report on the state of walking and walkable communities across the country. Step It Up – Call to Action Status Report

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State Physical Activity Plans – Expanding Roadmaps for Change

March 30, 2017 6:30 pm

By Kate Olscamp, Communications Coordinator with the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance The National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP) acts as a comprehensive roadmap facilitating widespread achievement of the Physical Activity Guidelines. The vision of the NPAP is that “one day, all Americans will be physically active, and they will live, work,

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Home neighborhood motivates older people to physical activity

March 30, 2017 6:29 pm

A recent study conducted at the Gerontology Research Center of the University of Jyväskylä shows that walk-friendly environmental design may provide opportunities for physical activity in old age. However, especially when mobility function starts to decline, it is important that older adults are aware of attractive environmental factors in their

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Physical activity important for adults with CVD

March 26, 2017 6:24 pm

(HealthDay News) — Cardiac rehabilitation and the importance of physical function should be emphasized among older adults with cardiovascular disease, according to an American Heart Association scientific statement published online March 23 in Circulation. Daniel E. Forman, MD, from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and colleagues address

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Physical activity vital for bone strength in adolescence

March 22, 2017 6:28 pm

March 22 (UPI) — A report by the University of British Columbia suggests physical activity has significant effects on bone mass in adolescence. The study of 309 adolescent boys and girls showed those who participated in moderate to intense physical activity during their growing years had greater bone mass in areas that contribute to superior

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Federal Agencies Partner to Motivate Americans to Be Healthy and Active

January 11, 2017 6:17 pm

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that USDA’s free online tool, SuperTracker, has incorporated the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition’s (PCFSN) Presidential Champions program as an additional incentive to motivate Americans to be more physically

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GoNoodle program promotes physical activity, mindfulness

November 28, 2016 7:16 pm

LAKE CHARLES, LA. — First-grade students at A.A. Nelson Elementary School closed their books and quickly spread out around the classroom recently when their teacher gave the word. It was GoNoodle time, a time when talking and moving around is not just allowed, but encouraged. GoNoodle is an international program that promotes physical activity and

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Is more physical education at school linked to higher student math scores?

November 14, 2016 10:15 pm

The amount of time students spend doing physical activity in school appears to be linked to higher standardized math scores in D.C. schools, according to a new American University study that examined the success of the city’s Healthy Schools Act and found that schools offering more physical activity had significantly better math success. The law,

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Fitness, not physical activity, mitigates negative effects of prolonged sitting

November 4, 2016 9:36 pm

Living a sedentary lifestyle – such as sitting for prolonged periods – has been shown to be a risk factor for cardiovascular disease and other conditions. Physical inactivity raises the risk of developing high blood pressure and coronary heart disease and has been found to increase the risk of certain cancers. Studies have linked excessive

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Type 2 Diabetes and Physical Activity: Being Active Can Lower Disease Risk by 26 Percent, Study Finds

October 27, 2016 9:01 pm

Eating healthy, losing weight, and being more active are known ways to prevent and manage diabetes, and two new studies based out of the United Kingdom suggest that those who walk or cycle for the recommended 150 minutes a week may reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes by 26 percent. With diabetes on the rise, (one in three people in the United States

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