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Welcome to the Physical Activity for Life Website!

Physical Activity is essential to the development and maintenance of good health. Unfortunately too many Americans are not active enough. This site provides resources to help you learn ways to be more active and engage in healthy lifestyle behaviors. OSU Extension and the OSU College of Health and Human Sciences provide many programs that promote health and well-being. Check out these highlighted programs for physical activity!

To learn more about how active you should be check out the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.

Latest News

The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, in partnership with the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, is happy to announce the release of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Midcourse Report: Strategies to Increase Physical Activity Among Youth.

Click here to view the NEW Physical Activity Guidelines Infographic.

In May 2012, the INstitute of Medicine (IOM) presented a report providing accessible and useful information to researchers, practitioners and policy makers dedicated to turning the obesity tide.

A special task force reviewed the hundreds of recommendations that have been made related to obesity prevention, the evidence that supports these recommendations, and the prgress in implementation.

The report focuses on the areas of obesity prevention that are most important to pursue to accelerate progress against this epidemic. 

Read the report here: Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention.

The summer 2011 issue discusses behavior change and ways to effectively adhere to an exercise program and includes the following stories:

  • Finding the Motivation for Exercise and Fitness Within
  • Starting an Exercise Program and Sticking With It
  • Making Physical Activity a Family Affair
  • Making Exercise Fun Again
  • Ten Ways to Start an Exercise Program
  • Athlete’s Kitchen: When Food Has Too Much Power Over You
  • Q&A

Click here to read the Summer 2011 ACSM Fit Society Newsletter!