Fitness and Sports Nutrition

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A variety of fitness and sports nutrition topics and resources from organizations and institutes that specialize in sports medicine and exercise science research. Also check out: Nutrition for Athletes.



Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans cover 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans

DHHS. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

The first-ever Physical Activity Guidelines to be released by the Federal Government, these comprehensive set of recommendations are designed to teach people how to easily fit physical activity into their daily routine.


Children Playing Basketball TeensHealth Food & Fitness

Nemours Foundation. KidsHealth.

Provides a list of resources for children to learn about making healthy choices. Also includes information on steroids, strength training, and eating disorders.


Healthy People 2020 logo Healthy People: Physical Activity and Fitness

DHHS. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

Visit HealthyPeople.gov for information on muscular strength, endurance and flexibility activities throughout the lifecycle and across gender and ethnicity. Read about issues and trends, disparities, and barriers to access.


Fitness.gov

President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition.

The health, physical activity, fitness and sports information web site of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition.


MedlinePlus: Exercise and Physical Fitness

DHHS. NIH. National Library of Medicine.


MedlinePlus: Exercise for Seniors

DHHS. NIH. National Library of Medicine.


MedlinePlus: Exercise for Children

DHHS. NIH. National Library of Medicine.


Physical Activity Resources & Reports

National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity.

Provides links to a variety of fact sheets, tools, resources and reports related to promotion of physical activity.


The Community Guide - Promoting Physical Activity

DHHS. CDC. National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

Systematic reviews of physical activity interventions to improve health and prevent disease in communities. Includes campaigns and informational approaches, behavioral and social approaches and environmental and policy approaches.


Jump Into Foof and Fitness mascot Jump Into Foods and Fitness! (JIFF)

Michigan State University. Michigan State University Extension. 4-H Youth Development.

Research-based curriculum for use with kids aged 8 to 11 (grades 3 to 5) with "Jiff the Joey" to set the stage for each of the seven "Kangaroo Jumps" or sessions.


Exercise & Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide from the National Institute on Aging

DHHS. NIH. National Institute on Aging.

An updated guide for older adults on how to incorporate physical activity into everyday life. Includes sample exercises, progress tracking tips, and information on healthy eating. Also available in an Audio format, ordered via print copy, or in Spanish.


Exercise and Physical Activity for Older Adults

DHHS. NIH. National Institute on Aging.

Interactive web site on exercise for older adults. Features video clips, quizzes, and more.


America on the Move (AOM)

America on the Move Foundation.

Physical activity and healthy eating national initiative and program with goal for increasing steps and cutting back calories to prevent weight gain.


Shape Up America! Healthy Weight for Life

Shape Up America!

Non-profit organization committed to raising awareness of obesity as a health issue. Provides evidence-based information and guidance on weight management to the public, health care professionals, educators, policymakers and the media.


Physical Activity for Everyone

DHHS. CDC. National Centers for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

Topics provide information about the importance of physical activity and how to make it an enjoyable part of life.


Bright Futures in Practice: Physical Activity

Georgetown University. National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health.

Developmental guidelines on physical activity for the periods of infancy through adolescence.


Physical Activity (Exercise)

DHHS. OWH. National Women's Health Information Center.

Also inPDF |190 KB.


Active at Any Size

DHHS. NIDDK. Weight-control Information Network.

Information on exercise for larger people, focusing on exercise safety and health benefits. Also in PDF|3.4 MB.


The Nutrition Source: Staying Active

Harvard University. Harvard School of Public Health. Department of Nutrition.


VERB campaign yellow ball logo Verb: It's What You Do

DHHS. CDC. Youth Media Campaign

National, multicultural, social marketing campaign to encourages young people ages 9-13 (tweens) years to be physically active every day. Includes a Tween site and a Spanish-language site.


Teen BEAT - Basic Exercise & Activity Tracker

Dairy Council of California. Healthy Eating Made Easier.

Designed for teenagers. For adults, try the Dairy Council of California's Healthy Eating My Way.


Physical Activity Resources and Publications

DHHS. CDC. National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

Includes recommendations and guidelines, facts sheets, and social media tools.


Tips to Help You Get Active

DHHS. NIDDK. Weight-control Information Network.

Also in PDF |634 KB.


Physical Activity Improves Quality of Life

American Heart Association.

Describes the health benefits of physical activity and provides a chart on calories used during various activities.


American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

American College of Sports Medicine

Resources include consumer brochures and position stands.


National Physical Activity Plan logo National Physical Activity Plan

U.S. National Physical Activity Plan.

A comprehensive set of policies, programs, and initiatives that aim to increase physical activity in all segments of the American population, and thereby improve health, prevent disease and disability, and enhance quality of life.