Physical Activity

New Mexico Implements and Expands Physical Activity Programs in Rural Communities

September 05, 2018|3:23 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Since 1995, the University of New Mexico Prevention Research Center (UNM-PRC) has been working in partnership with underrepresented and under-resourced rural communities to improve health outcomes, education, and quality of life. In 2007, UNM-PRC partnered with Cuba, New Mexico, a rural-frontier, tri-ethnic community, to successfully implement evidence-based physical activity programs. Since then, UNM-PRC has scaled this program model to 31 other rural communities in New Mexico. Read More »

U.S. Surgeon General Announces Plan to Promote Walkable Communities

September 22, 2015|5:03 p.m.| Jane Esworthy

To address the major public health challenges that exist due to physical inactivity, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy released a call to action earlier this month urging individuals of all ages to make walking a priority in their lives and discussing the health benefits of walking. Read More »

Tool Uses Twitter to Measure State-By-State Trends in Exercise and Calorie Consumption

August 06, 2015|10:43 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

A new tool uses individuals’ public tweets to measure trends in calorie consumption and expenditure across state lines. Read More »

State Health Departments Reach Out to Young and Old in Celebration of National Public Health Week

April 07, 2015|4:51 p.m.| Virgie Townsend

It’s National Public Health Week, which runs from April 6 to April 12, and state health departments are celebrating by connecting with their constituents to promote this year’s theme "Healthiest Nation 2030.". Read More »

Many Medical Schools Lack Coursework on Exercise and Physical Activity

April 01, 2015|11:15 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

A review of the curriculums of more than 100 medical schools in the United States has found that only half offer formal courses on exercise and physical activity. Read More »

Hawaii Wellness Standards Promote Health in Schools

October 23, 2014|11:33 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

To improve the health of young people, Hawaii has made a commitment to strongly support healthy environments in its public schools. Read More »

State-Led Worksite Wellness: A Look at Arkansas' Efforts to Promote Healthy Employees

October 17, 2014|2:34 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Many state health departments across the nation are launching worksite wellness programs to promote healthy living, regular exercise, good nutrition, and healthy lifestyle choices among employees. Learn how the Arkansas Department of Health implemented its healthy employee lifestyle program and how it garnered 23,000 participants. Read More »