Physical Activity Fact


The League of American Bicyclists reported that according to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2008 American Community Survey (ACS), released on September 22, 2009, 0.55 percent of Americans use a bicycle as the primary means of getting to work. This is up 14 percent since 2007, 36 percent from the first ACS in 2005, and 43 percent since the 2000 Census


School District Could Backpedal On Policy

Times Union, September 29, 2009

Seventh-grader Adam Marino is getting a firsthand lesson in civil disobedience. The 12-year-old and his mother, Janette Kaddo Marino, are defying Saratoga Springs school policy by biking to Maple Avenue Middle School on Route 9. The Jackson Street residents pedal more than four miles together each way to the middle school on nice days despite being told not to by school officials and police. More…


Gift Ideas For The Fitness Fans On Your List

Lexington Clipper-Herald, October 8, 2009

What do you get the fitness fans on your holiday shopping list? Candy and fruitcake probably aren't good gifts, since they're likely watching their diets. Clothing is difficult, since getting the style and size right can be tricky. And you want a gift that is personalized, that pays homage to their dedication to a healthy lifestyle. Exercise-related gifts might be the perfect solution, and fortunately there are plenty of ways you can tie your gift giving into a fitness fan's lifestyle. You don't have to spend big bucks on expensive fitness equipment to help the fitness fan on your list stay in shape.More…


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St. Catharines Standard, October 14, 2009

Sarah Leyenaar had a feeling it would be a tough crowd. When the health promoter from the Region’s public health department walked into the gym at Lakeport/Eden High School Tuesday morning to peddle a new program encouraging teen girls to get active, Leyenaar’s audience looked leery. “They had that look on their face — ‘Oh God, another assembly. What’s this about?’” Leyenaar said. It was about a new approach to an old problem: getting teen girls active. Research shows physical activity levels drop off significantly once girls reach high school, Leyenaar said. It only continues to decrease into adulthood if nothing is done to change the trend. Enter Leyenaar. Instead of preaching that teens should get active or face the consequences of ill health, she and a team from the health department presented girls at Lakeport and Eden with a peer-led pilot program that aims to gear physical activity to teen girls’ interests.More…


Keep Pedaling-Being Healthy And Losing Weight, Though Related, Are Two Different Things.

Birmingham City Paper, October 15, 2009

As a nation, Americans are getting fatter and fatter. Yet we seem ever more confused about how to lose weight. We're particularly fuzzy on the question of how big a role exercise plays, or whether we just have to count calories. So here's the deal. Yes, you can count calories or weigh yourself every day. If your weight is up today compared with yesterday, you probably ate more calories than you burned. If it's less, you burned more than you ate—provided you didn't drink gallons of liquid the day before, throwing the scale off. More…


Let's Hear It For Pioneers Of Young Women's Athletics

Asheville Citizen-Times, October 16, 2009

When our daughter was in high school in the '80s, there were outstanding girls sports teams, but there was no girls soccer team. Boys soccer was becoming a big thing, and some of the girls got interested in playing, too. They went to the school administration and asked that a girls soccer team be formed and were told there was not enough interest. So the girls started a soccer club and began organizing their own matches. More…


Inland Counties, Schools Working To Revive A Walk Ethic

The Press-Enterprise, October 18, 2009

Gianni and Andre Carruitero do something physical that has become unfashionable, is considered time-consuming and forbidden by many parents. Three times a week, the brothers walk to and from school together. It's exactly one mile each way from their Moreno Valley home to their adjacent schools in the Val Verde Unified School District. Their sister walks 2½ miles each way to high school. Carla Carruitero, 35, a housekeeper, used to accompany them. The routes are safe and the exercise and independence are beneficial, she said. The days when she drops them off and picks them up, she hates the crush of idling cars spewing exhaust in front of the schools.More…


A Dangerous Walk To School

Charlotte Observer, October 18, 2009

Crossing the road is such a hazard that parents, officials don't want students walking to Ballantyne Elementary. Amy Delmas can hear Ballantyne Elementary's afternoon bell from her living room. She can see the school from the entrance to her neighborhood, Providence Pointe. The idea of her children walking to school – just 6/10ths of a mile away – is appealing. But actually doing it is scary business. Crossing busy Lancaster Highway, which cuts between Providence Pointe and Ballantyne Elementary in southern Mecklenburg, is so dangerous that CMS recommends against children walking to school there. There is no crosswalk because state highway officials can't find a spot safe enough.More…


A Gym Dandy For Lynn

Boston Globe, October 18, 2009

When Lynn eighth-grader Diondra Woumn traveled with her Pickering Middle School girls’ basketball team to other area middle schools, she was always jealous of their shiny floors, new hoops, and better facilities. But the 14-year-old and her teammates no longer look with envy upon other gyms, since Pickering was one of only four schools nationwide to receive a $50,000 grant from the NFL Network and Verizon. Thanks to the grant and an additional $50,000 from the city, the gymnasium at Pickering recently received a makeover.


“It was kind of embarrassing,” Woumn said of the previous gymnasium. “Now it won’t be. The gym looks better than some of the high school gyms.”More…


To Thrive Longer, Get Stronger

Washington Post, October 20, 2009

Which is more important for healthy aging: exercises that work the heart and lungs, or muscle- pumping strength training? Both are valuable, of course, but many experts now say strength training may be the key to preventing disability as you age. Declining muscle mass not only undermines your physical strength but also contributes to heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and other chronic illnesses by slowing the body's metabolic rate, encouraging the accumulation of fat.More…


CDC Releases Application for Hundreds of Millions in Prevention Funding

Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs and Promotions Eligible

On September 17, 2009, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a new program: Communities Putting Prevention to Work. Thirty to forty communities will receive a total of $373 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (stimulus) dollars through this competitive grant program to support interventions that reduce obesity (through improved physical activity and nutrition) and/or reduce tobacco use. Communities can apply for either focus area or both. This landmark opportunity is aimed at mobilizing community resources toward broad-based policy, systems, organizational and environmental changes. The application places an emphasis on communities demonstrating effective coalitions, and notes that special consideration should be given to the inclusion of populations disproportionately affected by chronic diseases.


On September 29, 2009 the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the release of $120 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds for prevention and wellness programs for U.S. states and territories, building on the announcement of the $373 million funding opportunity for communities and tribes around the country. In all, the comprehensive Communities Putting Prevention to Work initiative will make $650 million available for public health efforts to address obesity, increase physical activity, improve nutrition, and decrease smoking.


Lead Applicants: Local and State Health Departments


  • Letter of Intent Deadline: October 30, 2009
  • Application Deadline: December 1, 2009

Communities Putting Prevention to Work provides an important opportunity for bicycle and pedestrian professionals, enthusiasts, and advocates, as well as health officials, to act quickly to get your city or state to:

  • Apply fo the funding:
  • Educate the health department about the range of bike/ped interventions that can be included their application and action plan; and
  • Include your organization as a partner in the effort.

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership and America Bikes have prepared a list of sample bike/ped activities that fit within the five categories of evidence-based interventions that are required as part of this CDC application. We encourage you to review these sample activities and assess which would work well in your community. Funds are available to make these projects a reality-so it is in your interest to work with your health department to develop the bike/ped aspects of the CDC application for obesity prevention, and to demonstrate how your organization can be a resource to them. Now is the time to contact your health department and city officials to encourage them to apply, and to share your ideas on bike/ped interventions.



National Winter Get Out! Conference Brings Together Snow Sports Industry
With Physical Education And Recreation Professionals

Goal is to Engage Youth in Alpine Skiing, Snowboarding, Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing


The first national winter Get Out! Conference is set for December 3-5, 2009 at the Gunstock and Margate Resorts near Laconia, NH. The focus is to show physical education and recreation professionals how to introduce youth to snow sports through schools and recreational organizations. Alpine skiing, cross country skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing will be included. Approximately 150 people, representing 75,000 youths, are expected to attend. Snow sports industry professionals are welcome to attend as well. All early bird registrants are eligible to win a jacket from Columbia Sportswear or a pair of Nordic walking poles by Leki. The early bird deadline to register is November 3rd. A drawing will be held to determine winners.


The winter Get Out! Conference is organized by the American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation (AAPAR) with support from SnowSports Industries America’s (SIA) Winter Feels Good initiative. It will feature seminars, workshops and on-snow clinics presented by leaders in the snow sports and physical activity industries. Topics include risk management pertaining to school groups, how to administer a winter sports program at a school or recreation department, how a school or community group can work with snow sports specialty shops, starting a snowshoe program in a school or community organization, how to write and secure grants for a winter sports program, and resources for teaching snow sports.


“The Get Out! Conference is a perfect way for the snow sports industry to connect on a grass roots level with professionals who really can influence how kids spend their leisure time,” said Tom Gately, president of the Snowsports Merchandising Corporation (SMC). “I think it is a real opportunity for physical education and recreation professionals to learn how a specialty shop can help them get kids involved in snow sports.”


By the end of the conference, participants will have all of the tools and information needed to create an effective snow sports program in a school or community organization


Presenters include representatives from SIA, National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), Professional Ski Instructors of America- American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA-AASI). Snowsports Merchandising Corporation (SMC), the New England Ski Museum and others. Mid-Atlantic and New England resort and rep associations are conference supporters.


For more information, contact Mary Jo Tarallo, Special Projects Consultant, at 703.506-4202, 202.431-6950 or



SGMA Says Fitness Equipment Sales Curtailed By Tough Economy

Fitness Participation Remains Stable, Despite Decline in Fitness Sales


For the first time in 20 years, overall sales in the fitness equipment industry took a ‘hit,’ but it was not due to any lack of interest in the fitness/exercise category. According to the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association’s (SGMA) recent analysis of Tracking the Fitness Movement (2009 edition), the major reason for the dip in sales of fitness and exercise equipment can be attributed to the struggling U.S. economy.


“The fitness industry was not immune to the side effects of the tough economy. Simply put, people didn’t have the money to buy new equipment as they have in recent years or the free time needed to exercise on a regular basis,” said SGMA President Tom Cove. “Because people are aware of the importance of a regular physical fitness regimen, we expect the fitness industry to regain strength as the economy heals and home starts improve.”


While activity at the cash register suffered, participation rates were stronger. Of the 28 aerobic, conditioning, and strength activities listed in Tracking the Fitness Movement, 17 of them showed an increase in participation from 2007 to 2008. As one industry executive noted, “Americans do not consider fitness a luxury.”


The SGMA study also notes that interest in fitness activities among seniors remains very strong and sales of fitness accessories, hand weights, and exercise mats increased in 2008.


Listed below are some of the highlights of SGMA’s Tracking the Fitness Movement (2009 edition):

  • Rising Star.  The fitness activity with the biggest percentage one-year increase in participation (2007 vs. 2008) is step aerobics – a 21% increase (from 8.5 million participants in 2007 to 10.3 million participants in 2008).
  • Senior Sensations. Among ‘core’ participants (those who participate 50 days or more a year), nearly 30% of fitness participants were 55 years of age or older.
  • Top Two Attractions.  The two fitness machine categories which generate the most sales are treadmills ($870 million) and elliptical machines ($687 million).
  • Fitness’ Top Five. The five most popular fitness activities in the U.S. are walking for fitness, treadmills, hand weights, running/jogging, and weight/resistance machines.
  • Inside the Numbers.  There are more participants in the 65+ age group for aquatic exercise and tai chi than in any other age group.
  • Welcome Home.  The home fitness market is roughly three times as big as the institutional market.
  • The Club Scene.  According to the International Health & Racquet Sports Association, 45.4 million people were members of health clubs in the U.S. in 2008.


NEW! Health Impact Assessment (HIA) Demonstration Project Grants

Deadline for Applications: Accepted on a rolling basis beginning October 20, 2009

The Health Impact Project has issued a call for proposals to fund up to 15 health impact assessments (HIAs) at the local, state and tribal levels. HIAs are a flexible, data-driven approach that identify the health consequences of new policies and programs, and develop practical strategies to maximize their health benefits and minimize adverse effects. Grants will range from between $25,000 and $150,000 each. Government agencies, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations at all levels of policy and program development are encouraged to apply. The call for proposals and other information about the project is available at The last two decades of health research have demonstrated the profound importance of social, economic and environmental decisions to the health of Americans. To stem the rising tide of chronic disease and create safe, thriving communities, health needs to be factored into decisions that affect the public. HIAs provide an avenue to do just that. They are a valuable tool to help government and community leaders working across all sectors-from agriculture and food production to transportation and planning-make smart decisions that lead to healthier communities.


NEW! Safe Routes to School Mini-Grants

Deadlines for Applications: October 30, 2009

The National Center for Safe Routes to School is awarding 20 mini-grants of up to $1,000 each to encourage student creativity in new or existing Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs. The goal of SRTS programs is to enable and encourage children to safely walk and bicycle to school. SRTS programs are implemented nationwide by parents, schools, community leaders, and local, state, and tribal governments.


Successful applications will include one or more of the following: student-led activities, concern for the environment, and/or promotion of physical activity. Funded activities must be part of a new or existing Safe Routes to School program. They must occur at elementary or middle schools, and activities must have the potential to have long-term impacts on safe walking or bicycling in the school community.


NEW! Liberty Mutual Responsible Sports Grants Help Fund Youth and School Sports Programs

Deadline for Applications: November 30, 2009

Responsible Sports, a philanthropic program of insurance company Liberty Mutual, is accepting applications from youth sports organizations in the United States to participate in its Responsible Sports Community Grant program. Teams and organizations compete in one of three categories for a Responsible Sports grant: large division (two hundred or more players), small division (under two hundred players), and educational groups (school athletic programs). To be eligible for the program, league administrators must first register their youth sports organization at the Responsible Sports Web site. Then, coaches, parents, administrators, and youth sports supporters can participate in the Responsible Sports Parenting and/or Responsible Coaching coursework. Participants who pass the ten-question Responsible Sport Parenting quiz or Responsible Coaching quiz can credit the successfully passed quiz to their favorite youth sports league. Twenty organizations with the most credited certifications will each earn a $2,500 Responsible Sports Community Grant to help fund their team, league, or school program. To be eligible, organizations must be registered nonprofit youth sport organizations recognized by the governing bodies of their sport(s). Organizations must serve the community at large and must be open to the general public.


NEW! United States Soccer Foundation Announces Guidelines for 2010 Grant Program

Deadlines for Applications: October 30, 2009

The United States Soccer Foundation's Program and Field Grant initiative annually provides funding, equipment, and services for soccer programs across the United States. Organizations are eligible to register if funding is requested for a soccer-specific program or field project that benefits a not-for-profit purpose and meets the established focus for the 2010 grant cycle. With the exception of synthetic field building projects, grants in 2010 will be awarded exclusively to projects and programs that develop players, coaches, and referees in economically disadvantaged urban areas encompassing populations of 50,000 or more. The foundation is especially interested in organizations that incorporate a youth development element such as anti-violence, anti-drugs, healthy lifestyles, etc. into their soccer programs. Although synthetic field building grants are available to all communities, the highest priority will be given to projects serving players in economically disadvantaged urban areas. Program grants are available for projects that do not contain a construction element. Eligible expenses include uniforms, player and team equipment, games and practice travel costs, facility rental costs, registration costs, and coach and referee training fees. Field grants are available for projects that include a construction element such as field renovation, addition or improvement of irrigation equipment, addition or improvement of field equipment, or lighting. Field grants do not include upgrading an existing field with a synthetic grass surface, which falls within the parameters of the synthetic field building grant type. Additional funding is also available for organizations seeking funding assistance to irrigate existing fields.


NEW! Safe Routes to School State Network Project Grants: 2010 and 2011

Deadline for Applications: November 20, 2009

Safe Routes To School (SRTS) is much broader than the $612 million in funds made available through state departments of transportation as a result of the 2005 federal transportation bill. As such, they are continuing the State Network Project during 2010 and 2011 to leverage additional resources by creating SRTS State Networks in 15 states, and/or the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The project extends through the 2010 and 2011 calendar years, but contracts will only be issued one year at a time. The Safe Routes to School National Partnership will initiate 15 contracts worth $22,000 each to organizations, which will support an organizer for at least 16 hours per week of work. The organizer will help maintain and grow a SRTS State Network of stakeholder groups and leaders and conduct policy change activities from January 4 to December 17, 2010. The contract may be extended into 2011, depending on the organizer’s performance and other factors.


Applications Invited for NFL Youth Football Fund Grassroots Program

Deadlines for Applications: October 30, 2009

Grants are available to neighborhood-based nonprofit organizations for both financial and technical assistance to improve the quality, safety, and accessibility of local football fields. In order to be eligible for a grant, projects must be sponsored by nonprofit community-based 501(c)(3) organizations or middle or high schools. In addition, all organizations applying for funds must be located specifically and exclusively within NFL Target Markets and serve low- to moderate-income areas within those markets. Applicant organizations must have at least one full-time staff person and must have been in existence for at least three years. Grants are given only for capital expenditures. Strong preference will be given to proposals that seek to upgrade existing facilities that are in poor condition or otherwise underutilized, demonstrate active use of the fields, attract matching funds that exceed the minimum required match of 1:1, involve local partnerships with nonprofit community partners to promote youth and community programming on the fields, and provide for continuing maintenance and field safety. Two levels of funding are available: grants of up to $50,000 for general field support (e.g., irrigation, bleachers, lights, etc.), and matching grants of up to $200,000 to help finance synthetic material resurfacing of a community, middle school, or high school football field. A smaller number of matching grants of up to $100,000 each will be available to help finance the resurfacing of a football field utilizing natural grass or sod surfaces.


National Gardening Association Announces Youth Garden Grants Program

Deadline for Applications: November 2, 2009

The National Gardening Association (NGA) has announced that the Home Depot is returning as the Youth Garden Grants sponsor for 2010. NGA annually awards Youth Garden Grants to schools and community organizations with child-centered garden programs across the United States. Schools, youth groups, community centers, camps, clubs, treatment facilities, and intergenerational groups throughout the United States are eligible. Applicants must plan to garden with at least 15 children between the ages of three and 18 years. Previous Youth Garden Grant winners who wish to reapply may do so, but must wait one year before applying again, and must have significantly expanded their garden programs. For the 2010 grant cycle, 100 grants are available. Five programs will each receive gift cards valued at $1,000 (a $500 gift card to the Home Depot and a $500 gift card to the Gardening with Kids catalog and educational materials from NGA). Ninety-five programs will each receive a $500 gift card to the Home Depot and educational materials from NGA.


Bikes Belong Offers Funding for Bicycle Advocacy and Facilities Programs

Deadlines for Applications: November 23, 2009

Bikes Belong, a national coalition of bicycle suppliers and retailers, provides grants to organizations and agencies within the United States that are committed to “putting more people on bicycles more often.” Fundable projects include paved bike paths and rail-trails as well as mountain bike trails, bike parks, BMX facilities, and large-scale bicycle advocacy initiatives. Grants fund projects in the categories of facilities and advocacy. For the facilities category, applications are accepted from nonprofit organizations whose missions are bicycle and/or trail specific. Applications are also accepted from public agencies and departments at the national, state, regional, and local levels; however, these municipalities are encouraged to partner with a local bicycle advocacy group that will help develop and advance the project or program. For the advocacy category, only organizations whose primary mission is bicycle advocacy can apply for funds. New organizations that are not yet legally nonprofit organizations may submit an application with the assistance of another nonprofit that has agreed to serve as fiscal agent. Because of the program's limited funds, it rarely awards grants to organizations and communities that have received Bikes Belong funding within the last three years. Applicants can request up to $10,000 each. Bikes Belong reviews applications on a quarterly cycle. Applications are only accepted via email. Upcoming application deadlines are August 24, 2009; and November 23, 2009.


Tommy Wilson Memorial Grant

Deadline for Applications: December 1, 2009

The American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation (AAPAR) has reconfigured a past award into a new grant opportunity. The Tommy Wilson Memorial Grant will give up to $1,500 to a nonprofit entity to directly support recreation programs for people with disabilities. The grant is made possible by the Tommy Wilson family, who originally established the award in 1975 in remembrance of their son, who had cerebral palsy and died at the age of 16.


Active Living Research and Healthy Eating Research Rapid-response Grants

Deadline for Applications: Rolling

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has posted a call for proposals (CFP) in the Childhood Obesity program area. The objective of this CFP for rapid-response grants is to support time-sensitive, opportunistic studies that can evaluate changes in policies or environments with the potential to reach children who are at highest risk for obesity, including African-American, Latino, Native American, Asian American, and Pacific Islander children (ages 3 to 18) who live in low-income communities or communities with limited access to affordable healthy foods and/or safe opportunities for physical activity. All studies funded under this CFP are expected to inform the policy debate on childhood obesity and advance RWJF's efforts to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic by 2015. Two types of studies are eligible for rapid-response funding: Opportunistic evaluations of imminent changes in policies or environments (i.e., “natural experiments”) and studies that can inform an ongoing or upcoming policy debate ( e.g., small experimental studies, secondary data analyses, cost-effectiveness analyses, health impact assessments, simulations of policy effects or macro-level policy analyses). Studies that are not urgent and time-sensitive are not eligible under this CFP. It is the responsibility of the applicant to clearly demonstrate why the proposed study needs to be funded, conducted and completed on an urgent and time-sensitive basis. Up to $800,000 total will be awarded for rapid-response research grants during the 2008 calendar year. The maximum amount for a single grant is $150,000, with a maximum funding period of 12 months.


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.


Shaping a Healthier Generation: Successful State Strategies to Prevent Childhood Obesity

This report, produced by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, examines actions states are taking to prevent obesity and encourage children to eat healthier and be more active in three key policy settings including early childhood care and education, communities, and health care settings.


Transportation & Health 101 Toolkit

Healthy Eating Active Living Convergence Partnership has developed a toolkit that will help health advocates better understand transportation issues and their related health connections, and help inform transportation advocates on the importance of health in their work. Crafted by researchers and national experts, it presents an overview of transportation policy and planning, the connections between transportation, health and equity as well as policy opportunities to create healthy communities of opportunity.


Online Database Features Physical Activity, Et Al Community Resources

The Commission to Build a Healthier America has created a comprehensive database listing experts, organizations and reports related to powerful social factors – such as education, income, housing and neighborhoods – that influence how long and how well people live in America. The searchable database includes contact information for some of the foremost experts in the field, links to download reports and information on organizations that are exploring solutions to improve health.


Exercise is Medicines Keys to Exercise Video Series

The American College of Sports Medicine and the American Medical Association’s Exercise Is Medicine initiative has produced a series of exercise videos that provide tips and best practices for a healthier, more effective workout. These video’s are available for cross posting as well as for personal use.


Get Out! , Dec. 3- 5, 2009, The Margate Resort and Gunstock Mountain Resort near Laconia, NH. The American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation (AAPAR) is offering this winter conference that will feature information-packed workshops and hands-on clinics aimed at showing participants how to include winter outdoor activity in their programs. The conference will cater to professionals in recreation, physical education, and physical activity who are looking for ways to boost youth and adult involvement in outdoor winter activities, including snow sports.


Presidents Council on Physical Fitness Listserv and Newsletter

Stay up to date with the events and interests of The President's Council on Physical Fitness (PCPFS) with PCPFSNews. This quarterly publication features information on the council's members, events, and programs, including the President's Challenge.


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.


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.



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.



National Association for Sport and Physical Education

To exchange the latest news, ideas, and trends about physical education, physical activity and sport.


Physical Activity And Fitness Research Digest

The President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports Digest discusses current research in the field of physical activity and fitness. To subscribe click here and once on the page, click on E-mail Lists.


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 K-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.


Contact Sheila Franklin at with your physical activity news and comments.


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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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