By: Dominique Dawes, Three-time Olympic gymnast, motivational speaker and Co-chair of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition
Obesity impacts more than just the waistbands of Americans – life expectancy, health, medical spending, and productivity are all affected by the weight of the nation. If recent trends continue, experts predict all adults will be overweight or obese by 2048.
By: Jim Pivarnik, Ph.D., President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition Science Board member
Having studied physical activity during pregnancy for over 25 years, I am amazed at how far we have progressed. When I began to research this area in the late 1980's, information was scarce, and recommendations were very conservative. This only makes sense, as "first do no harm" is even more important than normal when you are talking about protecting the maternal-fetal unit.
By: Dr. Jayne Greenberg, district director of physical education and health literacy for Miami-Dade County Public Schools (Fla.) and President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Council Member
More than two decades after its last update, the physical fitness test many of us did in school is getting a makeover. Just in time for the new school year, the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN) announced that the former Physical Fitness Test is now the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, and that it will focus primarily on assessing health versus athleticism for America’s youth.
By: I-Min Lee, PCFSN Science Board Member
With the summer Olympic Games coming up, a group of 33 researchers from 16 countries worldwide felt this was a good opportunity to call the attention of the world to the public health problem of physical inactivity. Since physical activity has so many health benefits, it is concerning that only about one-third of the world’s population is physically active.
By: Ali Kelley
Looking for ways to get your family moving? On June 10, Cartoon Network launched their national Move it Movement Tour, offering kids and families across the country an opportunity to try new activities and sports.