Physical Activity Fact

Physical Activity Fact

A recent study determined that approximately one out of 10 U.S. high school students met the Health People 2020 objective for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities (PA 3.3). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Physical Activity Levels of High School Students — United States, 2010 June 17, 2011 / 60(23);773-777

Frederick’s Orchard Grove Elementary School Is Making Strides In Fitness 

Washington Post, May 29. 2011

Between the books in 11-year-old Dylan Wilson’s backpack lies the accessory other students at Orchard Grove Elementary School most covet: a plastic necklace with a kaleidoscope of pendants in the shape of shoes.  He has 66 pendants so far, one of the largest collections at a Frederick school that has developed an uncommon yet effective fascination with running.  The school’s “mileage club” started in fall 2009 with the idea of handing out the charms as an incentive for kids to run during recess. But the results have surprised the staff. As kids ran, fitness scores rocketed and disciplinary problems dwindled. And for whatever reason, test scores rose.  More…


Poll: Public Supports Mandatory Physical Education 

The Boston Globe, June 9, 2011

Boston public schools yesterday announced a plan to ramp up physical education, hiring more staff and offering gym classes in at least 12 schools that now have none.  State law requires that students are offered physical education. But because it does not stipulate how much, many students get none at all. The Boston Foundation is hoping to close that loophole, and the group says there's broad public support for the effort.  In a recent poll conducted by the foundation and health policy institute NEHI, 87 percent of 501 Massachusetts residents surveyed said the state should require at least 30 minutes of physical activity during the school day. Seventy-two percent said they thought a certain amount of physical education was already mandated.  More…


Sensory-Friendly Playgrounds In The D.C. Region 

Washington Post, June 10, 2011

There are a lot of sensory-friendly activities for kids with special needs and their families: restaurant nights, theater showings, movies, special sections set aside at sporting events.  But for free, physical entertainment on a warm day, nothing beats a playground.  Curious about what makes a good sensory, or accessible, playground, I spoke to Carol Stock Kranowitz, author of “The Out-of-Sync Child” and co-author of “Growing an In-Sync Child.”  “In general, we want to see moving equipment—merry-go-rounds, swings, clatter bridges, slides—because kids need to know how to keep themselves upright,” Kranowitz said. “When kids are a little clumsy and they fall, people get worried and take equipment away. But if a child isn’t on it, they never learn the skills to master it.”  More…


Trail Route Through Backyards Worries Residents 

The Columbus Dispatch, June 13, 2011

A trail along Alum Creek gives people an up-close look at the turtles, frogs, deer and other creatures that call the area home.  One of the trail's final pieces also will give hikers and bicyclists an up-close look at backyard grillers, gardeners and garage tinkerers in a Northeast Side subdivision.  Residents there say they are a little uncomfortable with the trail wandering so close to home.  The Columbus Department of Recreation and Parks soon will start work on an 800-foot extension of the Alum Creek Trail, which eventually will run 27 miles from Westerville to Three Creeks Metro Park near Groveport.  The project near Ballyvaughn Drive will link a just-completed segment along Alum Creek to another piece coming soon along Sunbury Road north of Ohio Dominican University.  Residents of the Village at Stone Cliff subdivision said they bought their homes thinking the trail would use a sidewalk in front of their properties. They received a letter from the city last week telling them the trail is being rerouted to behind their houses and an alleyway, about 15 feet from their backyards.  More…


Todd’s Take: Exercising, Learning 

Lexington Clipper-Herald, June 14, 2011

For many years, educators have observed a positive connection between a student’s participation in activities, the student’s behavior and his or her academic performance.  In this year’s senior class, at least 90 percent of the top 20 students were involved in some type of physical activity.  Statistics like these generate questions such as: Are top students more motivated to participate in activities or do activities increase the academic ability of students?  Relatively new research seems to indicate neither of these theories is correct.   Instead studies indicate exercise increases the academic ability of students.  John Ratey of the Harvard Medical School states, “Exercise, good fitness-based exercise, makes our brain more ready to learn.  At the University of Illinois, Dr. Charles Hillman’s research shows that after a 30-minute stint on the treadmill, students actually do up to 10 percent better at problem solving.   More…


U.S. Kids Not Making Grade For Physical Education: New CDC Report 

Medical News Today, June 17, 2011

Did you know that there were actual physical activity guidelines? Well there is and in a new report this week released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), only a small percentage of youth have met the objective for aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities outlined in the Healthy People 2020 (HP 2020) physical activity guidelines.  The CDC evaluated data from the 2010 National Youth Physical Activity and Nutrition Study (NYPANS), a school-based study conducted by the CDC that included height and weight measurements, and a survey that measured physical activity and dietary behaviors among a nationally representative sample of students in grades nine to 12 to determine the proportion of U.S. youths who meet the HP 2020 objectives.  More…


School, Partners A Great Fit In Getting Kids In Shape 

The Sacramento Bee, June 19, 2011

As a teacher, I see the impact physical activity has on the health and academic success of my students, which is why I believe all California schools must prioritize physical activity. Schools should require a minimum of 30 minutes a day of vigorous physical activity led by a certified physical education instructor. As it stands now, vigorous physical activity accounts for a mere four minutes of every 30 minutes of physical education.  Elementary school students in our state are required by law to participate in 200 minutes of physical education every 10 instructional days, the equivalent of 20 minutes a school day.   More…


The Y Improves Millions of Lives (and Counting) Through Healthier Communities Initiatives

PR Newswire, June 21, 2011

Birmingham, Ala., like many cities across the country, faces an unprecedented health crisis that threatens to cripple its future. Nearly one-third of Birmingham's citizens are obese and 11 percent are diagnosed with diabetes. But Birmingham is one of 190 communities nationwide making measurable improvements to the well being of its residents through participation in the YMCA's Healthier Communities Initiatives.  Spearheaded by the Y, with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Sam's Club Giving Program, the Healthier Communities Initiatives helps local communities reduce chronic disease risk by increasing access to opportunities for physical activity and healthier foods.

As a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities, the Y created its Healthier Communities Initiatives to address increasing chronic disease and obesity rates across the United States.  More…


After-School Tennis Keeps Children Active

News Transcript, June 22, 2011

The lack of physical activity on the part ofAmerica’s youth has become a major concern in recent years. Michele Randell has a solution: Hit the tennis courts.  Randell, a former standout player at Marlboro High School, where she played third singles on the team that won the 1991 NJSIAA Tournament of Champions title, and Stacey Schmid, who was an outstanding high school basketball player in Massachusetts, are the owners/directors of the Tiny Tots Tennis and TNT Tennis instructional programs that they have brought to schools and day care centers throughout central New Jersey.  If the youngsters will not come to the tennis court, Randell and Schmidt will bring the tennis court to them.  More…


Freelander Lobbies For Physical, Health Education In Schools 

Midlander Daily News, June 22, 2011

Freeland resident Jennifer Varner lobbied Tuesday at the state Capitol as part of the American Cancer Society’s support of physical and health education in schools and a state health exchange. Varner, who is the Act Lead for District 4, along with 60 other volunteers from around the state educated lawmakers and encouraged support for the ACS’s current legislative priorities. Volunteers met with senators and representatives, and asked the lawmakers to support legislation to strengthen K-8 health education and physical education requirements in schools.  More…


More Required Physical Activity In Schools Aimed At Lowering Obesity Rates 

Lincoln Journal Star, June 23, 2011

Note to fidgety Lincoln Public Schools elementary students: You'll get a little extra time during the school days next year to blow off steam.  That's one of the changes resulting from a concerted effort by wellness advocates and the district's physical education leaders to take a hard look at obesity rates of students — then find ways to reduce them.  In elementary school, one of the big impediments to keeping students active enough is time — or the lack of it, said Marybell Avery, LPS curriculum specialist for health, physical education and character education.  In some schools, recess has been one of the victims of increased academic demands on students and teachers. It differs from school to school because of the district's site-based management philosophy, which allows administrators leeway in how they run their schools.  So district officials decided that carving out time for physical activity shouldn't be a choice.  More…


NEW! North Face Launches Explore Fund Grant Program to Help Connect Young People to the Outdoors

Deadline for Applications:  October 5, 2011 (opening date for applications is September 1, 2011)

Outdoor gear company the North Face, a division of VF Outdoor, Inc., Explore Fund is a grant program to support U.S. nonprofit organizations that help young people connect to the outdoors. The grants are a part of the company's mission to encourage an active healthy lifestyle and protection of the nation's natural landscapes by creating a stronger connection with the outdoors.  $125,000 in grants is available to nonprofit organizations in 2011. Grants of up to $2,500 each will be awarded to organizations that help children connect to nature, increase access to both front and backcountry recreation, and provide education for both personal and environmental health. The proposed program or project should focus on a specific community or place of interest.  Applicants must be nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations.


NEW!  Comprehensive Workplace Health Programs to Address Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Tobacco Use in the Employee Population

Deadline for Applications:  August 8, 2011

$10 million has been made available in funding to establish and evaluate comprehensive workplace health promotion programs across the nation. The initiative, with funds from the Affordable Care Act’s Prevention and Public Health Fund, is aimed at improving workplace environments so that they support healthy lifestyles and reduce risk factors for chronic diseases like heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes.  Funds will be awarded through a competitive contract to an organization with the expertise and capacity to work with groups of employers across the nation to develop and expand workplace health programs in small and large worksites. Participating companies will educate employees about good health practices and establish work environments that promote physical activity and proper nutrition and discourage tobacco use—the key lifestyle behaviors that reduce employees’ risk for chronic disease.


NEW!  Community Transformation Grants (CTGs)

Deadline for Applications:  July 15, 2011

Community Transformation Grants (CTGs) are authorized under The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 for state and local governmental agencies, tribes and territories, and national- and community-based organizations.  The CTGs will support the implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of evidence-based community preventive health activities to reduce chronic disease rates, prevent the development of secondary conditions, address health disparities, and develop a stronger evidence base for effective prevention programming.


Humana Foundation Offers Transformational Communities Benefit Grant Program in 8 U.S. Communities

Deadline for Applications:  Houston- June 17, 2011; Chicago & Kansas City-June 24th, 2011; Cincinnati-June 30, 2011; Phoenix-July 8, 2011; Austin, July 22, 2011; Nashville-July 29,2011; New Orleans, August 12, 2011

A program of health-benefits company Humana, Inc. and the Humana Foundation, the 2011 Humana Communities Benefit initiative will award a one-time grant of $100,000 to a nonprofit organization in each of Humana's eight market areas.  The program is accepting applications from organizations that are working to improve health experiences or build healthy communities in the areas of childhood health and education, family wellness and active lifestyles, and health literacy for diverse populations and seniors.  To be eligible, the applicant organization must have nonprofit 501(c)(3) status and must not be a political, social, religious, labor, or veterans' organization. Religious organizations are only eligible to apply for the benefit of project-specific support (e.g., social services outreach) or funds for an accredited, church-affiliated educational institution.  The goal of the program is to make a positive, transformational impact on an organization in each market area and enable it to reach greater milestone goals.


Tony Hawk Foundation Accepting Grant Applications for Creation of Public Skateparks 

Deadline for Applications: July 1, 2011, February 1, 2012

The Tony Hawk Foundation provides grants to encourage and facilitate the design, development, construction, and operation of high-quality public skateparks in low-income areas across the United States.

The foundation primarily considers funding for projects that are designed and built by qualified and experienced skatepark contractors, include local skaters in the design process, are in low-income areas and/or areas with a population of at-risk youth, can demonstrate a strong grassroots commitment, have a creative mix of street obstacles and transition/vert terrain, do not require skaters or their parents to sign waivers, encourage skaters to look after their own safety and the safety of others, are open during daylight hours all year, do not charge an entrance fee, and are in areas that currently have no skateboarding facilities.  Grants range from $1,000 to $25,000. The foundation may also offer technical assistance on design and construction, promotional materials, training materials, and safety information, and may facilitate support from vendors, suppliers, and community leaders.  Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) public charity or a state or local agency (including public school systems or public projects).


2010-2011 Rapid-Response Round 3 Call for Proposals (CFP)

Deadline for Letters of Intent: July 1, 2011

This CFP supports opportunistic, time-sensitive studies on emerging or anticipated changes in policies or environments related to youth physical activity.  Rapid-response grants are expected to accelerate progress toward policy and environmental strategies to prevent and reduce childhood obesity. For maximum impact, studies should be completed in as short a time frame as realistically possible, and results disseminated using methods designed to reach local, state or national decision-makers in time to help inform key policy decisions.

A total of up to $1.5 million will be awarded under this CFP. The maximum award for a single grant is $150,000, with a funding period not to exceed 18 months.  Funding for approved studies may be initiated as early as four months after submission of invited full proposals.  There are two stages in the competitive proposal process.  All applicants must first submit via email a letter of intent to Active Living Research. Within two weeks of receipt of the letter of intent, Stage 1 applicants will be notified of the review results and selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal.  Grants are awarded on a rolling basis.


American Legion Child Welfare Foundation Offers Support for Programs to Help Children 

Deadline for Applications: July 15, 2011

Established in 1954, the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation seeks to provide other nonprofit organizations with the means to educate the public about the special needs of children across the United States. To help achieve its mission, the organization annually provides funding to nonprofits that 1) contribute to the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual welfare of children through the dissemination of knowledge about new and innovative organizations and/or programs designed to benefit youth; and/or 2) contribute to the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual welfare of children through the dissemination of knowledge already possessed by well-established organizations so that such information can be more adequately used by society. Applications are invited from nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations conducting programs that have the potential to help American children in a large geographic area (more than one state). Grants may not be used for the normal, day-to-day operating expenses of the grantee or for special operating expenses connected with the grant. Visit the title link for complete program guidelines, application instructions, and information on previously funded projects.


2011 Infrastructure Fund Building Parks and Playgrounds 

Deadline for Applications: July 29, 2011 

The Stewardship Council’s Infrastructure Fund is designed to support efforts to improve community parks and open space to make them more accessible, viable, and safe for children and youth. Proposals will increase and/or greatly improve park infrastructure and will directly result in creating more welcoming environments. These grants (funding up to $200,000) are intended to support proposals that have identified park projects that address the lack of outdoor space for underserved children and youth and that will result in long-term infrastructure improvements that encourage engagement with natural spaces. The Stewardship Council will only consider proposals from organizations that demonstrate that the entire project can be completed within two years of funding. The Stewardship Council will favor proposals that involve existing facilities and those that create facilities that have broad community impact and are accessible by the target population.


AcademyHealth Invites Nominations for Health Services Research Impact Award 

Deadline for Applications: July 29, 2011 

AcademyHealth, a professional society for health services researchers and health policy analysts, is seeking nominations of health services research that has made a positive impact on health policy and/or practice for the 2012 HSR Impact Award. The lead researcher on the winning project will receive $2,000, while the research itself will be disseminated widely as part of AcademyHealth's ongoing efforts to promote the field of health services research and communicate its value for healthcare decision-making. The award will be announced at the 2012 National Health Policy Conference (February 13-14), to which the winner will receive complimentary conference registration as well as travel and lodging.  Nominated research may be published or unpublished, a single study or a body of work, and/or the work of an individual or a team. The time frame for when the research was conducted is open, but its impact should have occurred recently.  Nominations will be evaluated on the quality of the research, effectiveness of the research dissemination and translation approach, and impact of the research. Self-nominations will be accepted. Neither nominators nor nominees are required to be AcademyHealth members.


2011 Bikes Belong Foundation Research Grants 

Deadline for Applications: September 30, 2011

The Bikes Belong Foundation aims to support its mission and programs by funding a limited number of research grants each year.  Applicants are limited to U.S. colleges, universities, or other institutions of higher education and non-profit research organizations.  Individuals will not be considered for funding.  Research grants of $5,000 to $10,000 each will focus on two priority areas:

  • Economic Impact: Research that examines the economic impact of additional or improved bicycling facilities or bike-related events.
  • Special Opportunities: Innovative or unique research efforts considered on a case-by-case basis. Applicants interested in this priority area should contact the Research Analyst before submitting an application.


Saucony Run For Good Grants

Deadlines for Applications:  December 13, 2011

The Saucony Run For Good Foundation, established to help end childhood obesity by providing financial support to nonprofits across the United States that support children's running and fitness programs, is accepting applications for its grant program. The grants are open to nonprofit organizations that initiate and support running and fitness programs for kids. Eligible applicants are programs whose participants are 18 years of age or less, have 501(c)(3) status, and can demonstrate their program positively impacts the lives of participants through their increased participation in running. The foundation has two grant cycles per year, with up to seven awards granted each cycle.


Golf Program Grants for People with Disabilities

Deadline for Applications:  Rolling; Applications are reviewed the last day of each month in 2011

The United States Golf Association (USGA) and the National Alliance for Accessible Golf (Alliance) are working together to provide financial assistance and resources to help make the game of golf more accessible through a grant program for organizations providing golf programs for individuals with disabilities.  Preference will be given to applications that demonstrate focus on inclusion of people with disabilities in programs that involve those without disabilities with the ultimate goal of enhancing their inclusion into the fabric of their community. Applications on a rolling basis in 2011. There are no specific deadlines for grant submission.


U.S. Tennis Association Facility Assistance and Funding Available

Deadline for Applications: Open

The USTA provides numerous resources to communities who are renovating existing tennis facilities as well as building new ones. Some of the resources include: concept drawings, bid specifications, construction and maintenance manuals, and programming assistance for maximum court utilization. There are three distinct grant categories of funding:1. Basic facility improvements such as fencing or lighting (up to $4,000 which must be matched dollar for dollar); 2. Resurfacing of existing courts in public tennis facilities (up to 20% of total project cost or grant maximum of $35,000 and 3. New construction or existing facility reconstruction and expansion (up to 20% of total project cost or grant maximum of $50,000)


Athletics and Wellness Support Grants

Deadline for Applications:  Rolling Quarterly Reviews.

Finish Line, an athletic retailer specializing in brand name footwear, apparel and accessories, supports athletic and wellness programs located in communities where their stores are located.  The foundation funds projects registered as 501 (c) (3) organizations; have a primary focus on assisting children and young adults 18 and under; concentrate on athletics or wellness; and benefit communities in which Finish Line stores are located.


Baseball Tomorrow Fund Offers Support for Youth Baseball and Softball Programs

Deadline for Letters of Inquiry:  Open

The Baseball Tomorrow Fund is a joint initiative between Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association designed to promote and enhance the growth of youth participation in baseball and softball.  Grants are intended to finance a new program, expand or improve an existing program, undertake a new collaborative effort, or obtain facilities or equipment necessary for youth baseball or softball programs.  Projects must meet the following criteria: increase the number of youth participating in baseball and softball programs; improve the quality of youth baseball and softball programs; create new or innovative ways of expanding and improving baseball or softball programs; are able to match funds for programs; provide programs for children between the ages of 10 and 16; support existing programs that have demonstrated success in providing a quality youth baseball/softball  experience; and address opportunities for minorities and women.  Nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations involved in youth baseball programs are encouraged to submit a Letter of Inquiry.  Selected applicants are then invited to submit a full application.  Grants are awarded on a quarterly basis.


Institute of Medicine Issues Recommendations for Preventing Obesity in Early Childhood

A report from the Institute of Medicine, Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Policies, summarizes the best available evidence about key strategies for preventing obesity among children under age 5. The report recommends ways individuals, organizations and policymakers can ensure that young children have healthy environments in which to live, learn and play.  A couple of the key recommendations from the report include:  Ensuring that recreation areas encourage all children to be active and Allowing community residents to use school playgrounds and recreation areas when schools are closed.  The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded the work of the IOM committee that independently produced the report.


Women's Cycling Survey Comment Summary Reports

In 2010, the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals posted a survey to gather information about women cycling. The survey, expected to only garner a few hundred response went viral and brought in more than 13,000 responses.  Although it was not a scientific survey, the number of responses offered a very good amount of interesting and useful information. Some of the questions included comments and reports have been prepared based on each of the 3 questions with the most comments.  The questions are:

  • Why do you use your bicycle for trips?
  • What reaction do you get when cycling for transportation?
  • What would cause you to start or increase your cycling?


ALR Literature Database

The ALR Literature Database features more than 670 papers examining the relationship between environments and policies on one hand, and physical activity and obesity on the other. The purpose of the searchable database is to make accessible to all detailed information on study characteristics and results, and to improve the use of studies for research and policy purposes. The papers in the database are limited to observational studies with physical activity, obesity or sedentary behaviors as outcomes and environmental or policy correlates. Intervention studies with environmental change as intervention conditions also are included.  The database also includes reviews, qualitative studies and measurement papers, but results are not presented.


2011 Physical Activity and Public Health Courses, September 13-21, 2011, Hilton Head, SC.  The Physical Activity and Public Health Coursees (PAPH), sponsored by the University of South Carolina Prevention Research Center and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers an 8-day Postgraduate Course on Research Directions and Strategies and a 6-day Practitioner’s Course on Community Interventions.  The faculty for the courses is composed of nationally recognized experts in public health research and practice.


2011 Safe and Drug-Free Schools National Conference,  August 8-10, 2011, suburban Washington, D.C..

This year’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (OSDFS) national conference, “Making the Connection:  Creating and Maintaining Conditions for Learning”, will address issues related to: alcohol, drug and violence prevention; health, mental health, and physical education; special populations; emerging issues; and other areas concerning drug and violence prevention.  The OSDFS conference is a large-scale training and technical assistance event that includes: OSDFS grantees; education and prevention leaders; representatives of Federal agencies and national associations; public and private school administrators; school personnel; researchers and experts; as well as others in the field.


Safe Routes to School E-News 

Safe Routes to School E-News is a monthly email newsletter published by the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, a fast-growing network of non-profit organizations, government agencies and professional groups that are working to set goals, share best practices, secure funding, and provide detailed policy input to implementing agencies for advancing the Safe Routes to School national movement.


Shape Up America! Newsletter

Shape Up America! is a national initiative involving a broad-based coalition of industry, medical/health, nutrition, physical fitness, and related organizations and experts to promote healthy weight and increased physical activity in America.  They publish an electronic newsletter.


News from National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education 

The National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education (NCACE) promotes and facilitates coaching competence within all levels of amateur sport by overseeing and evaluating the quality of coaching education programs.  NCACE Updates & Newsletters provide information regarding coaching education and related topics.


Children & Nature Network (C&NN) Newsletters 

Stay informed, engaged and inspired. C&NN’s monthly newsletter brings you the latest news, reports, action alerts and updates on the growing children and nature movement.


Community Sports & Health E-News  

Join the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Community Sports & Health Network and receive a monthly E-Newsletter, as well as timely alerts and breaking news on programs, partnerships, and NRPA happenings.  Learn more about program grants, technical assistance and training opportunities, and other resources offered through NRPA's National Partnerships.


President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN) News

Stay up to date with the events and interests of the PCFSN through the PCFSN enewsletter, which features information on council members, events, and programs.



SPARK is a research-based organization dedicated to creating, implementing, and evaluating programs that promote lifelong wellness.  SPARK strives to improve the health of children and adolescents by disseminating evidence-based physical activity and nutrition programs that provide curriculum, staff development, follow-up support, and equipment to teachers of Pre-K through 12th grade students.  The SPARK Quarterly newsletter contains information on physical education grants and initiatives, teaching tips, conference calendars, and more.


Active For Life E-Newsletter

The Active for Life® E-Newsletter Update is produced monthly by the Active for Life® National Program Office at The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health and includes a variety of articles, resources etc.  pertaining to Active Living.


Bikeleague News

BikeLeague News is the e-newsletter of the League of American Bicyclists, which promotes bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation, and works through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America.


Pedestrian And Bicycle Information Center Monthly Newsletter

This newsletter shares information about health and safety, engineering, advocacy, education, enforcement and access and mobility with those interested in pedestrian and bicycle issues, including planners, engineers, private citizens, advocates, educators, and the health community.


President’s Council Research Digest

In the Research Digest, you’ll get the latest scientific updates from the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition.  To subscribe click here.


NCPPA Activity Advocate

National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity

Activity Advocate covers the latest Capitol Hill actions as well as what’s happening in statehouses across the country on physical activity and related issues.  To subscribe, send an email to with the word “subscribe” in the subject line.  For more information go to



Transfer is the Surface Transportation Policy Project’s Electronic Update.  Readers are invited to reprint newsletter items; proper citation is appreciated.



A free National Center for Bicycling & Walking e-newsletter for individuals who are working to encourage more walking and bicycling as well as walkable and bikeable communities.


Health Behavior Information Transfer (HABIT)

This monthly Center for the Advancement of Health electronic newsletter provides updates on funding and policy issues, opportunities to take action, and summaries of articles of interest to the health and behavior research community.


Maternal & Child Health (MCH) Alert

The National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health (NCEMCH) MCH Alert is a free weekly electronic newsletter.  It provides timely MCH research and findings, policy developments, information about recently released publications, new programs and initiatives, and conferences to researchers, policymakers, advocates, teachers, and students.


The National Center on Physical Activity and Disability Email List

A free monthly electronic newsletter published by National Center for Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD).


University of South Carolina Physical Activity and Public Health On-Line Network

The University of South Carolina Prevention Research Center maintains the Physical Activity and Public Health On-Line Network.  This listserv is dedicated to advancing public health approaches to promoting physical activity by creating a national network of public health practitioners, researchers and interested others.



ExerciseDaily! provides year-around research news and links on the latest discoveries in health, nutrition & fitness.  Their goal is to create an information source in a practical format that is freely & readily available to the public at large.  ExerciseDaily!'s articles are adapted from news releases and research findings of selected universities and  institutions around the globe.


USC Prevention Research Center Notes

The USC Prevention Research Center Notes is an electronic newsletter with current information about physical activity and public health.  The newsletter includes brief updates of current journal articles, notices of new reports, materials, and resources, current policy issues, recommended websites, and updates from national organizations.


Strategic Alliance E-Newsletter

The Strategic Alliance is reframing the debate on nutrition and physical activity in California, away from a focus on individual choice and lifestyle, towards one of environment and corporate and government responsibility.  The Strategic Alliance compiles regular updates to keep people informed about upcoming events and relevant nutrition and physical activity issues.  Interest in the Strategic Alliance is continually growing and we hope these periodic newsletters will help everyone stay in the loop.


P.E.4LIFE Newsletter 

P.E.4LIFE is a national advocacy organization established to promote quality, daily physical education programs for our nation’s children in grades K-12.  Newsletters are sent to subscribers with the latest information. 


Prevention Institute E-Updates 

Prevention Institute is a non-profit national center dedicated to improving community health and well-being by building momentum for effective primary prevention.  Since its founding in 1997, the organization has focused on nutrition and physical activity, the environment and health, injury and violence prevention, health disparities, and youth development.  As part of our work to build momentum for primary prevention, Prevention Institute disseminates periodic e-Updates on prevention-related activities, resources, and events.



CATCH (Coordinated Approach To Child Health) is an evidence-based, coordinated school health program that is designed to promote physical activity and healthy food choices and prevent tobacco use in children in preschool through Grade 8. CATCH builds an alliance of parents, teachers, child nutrition personnel, school staff, and community partners to teach children and their families how to be healthy for a lifetime. The CATCH monthly e-newsletter brings you the latest updates on childhood obesity prevention; as well as CATCH news and highlights, training information, grant resources, conference calendars, and events from across the U.S. and Canada.



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Kai Sommer ist ein etablierter Fachmann in den Branchen Gesundheit, Fitness und Medizin. Er schreibt bereits - neben anderen Tätigkeiten in diesen Bereichen - seit über 7 Jahren für unseren Gesundheitsblog und beweist dabei immer wieder seinen einmaligen Expertenstatus.


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