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The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. This month gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury.
Introducing Street Lights, the first-ever Complete Streets conference
This day-long conference will be a chance for transportation planners and engineers, community, equity, and health advocates, local officials, and Complete Streets practitioners to share ideas, brainstorm solutions, and celebrate the success of the Complete Streets movement nationwide together.
November 15, 2016 in Sacramento, CA - Register Here.
Go From Zero to Sixty. Everyday.
The President’s Council and the National Foundation announced #0to60, a national public awareness campaign to inspire all Americans to accelerate their journey to living healthy.
Over the next year, #0to60 will showcase how healthy living can be a fun & attainable reality for all Americans. For more information visit 0to60fitness.org.
EveryBody Walks! Collaborative Monthly Theme: "Walk Together"
The weather is getting warmer and it’s a good time to reconnect with family and friends during a walk. Take the time to teach new walkers how to be safe and aware while walking outside. Explore local parks and have adventures as you spend time together outside. Take note- what aspects of your community, streets and parks make you feel the most safe as you walk with your family and friends? #WalkTogether
The Apple Watch will soon track fitness for wheelchair users
Fitness trackers routinely measure physical activity such as running and cycling and encourage people to stand up and walk around throughout the day. But if you're in a wheelchair, you're out of luck. Apple wants to change that with an upcoming Apple Watch feature.
Apple partnered with two groups that promote physical fitness in disability populations, the Lakeshore Foundation of Birmingham, Alabama, and the Challenged Athletes Foundation of San Diego. The two groups recruited about 300 people in wheelchairs for more than 3,000 hours of activity research.
Jeff Underwood, Lakeshore's president and CEO, said wheelchair users tend to be more sedentary than the general population because they face more barriers to physical activity. Although having a fitness device alone won't make someone fit, he said, having one sends a message that inactivity shouldn't be the norm.
The feature is part of a free software update, watchOS 3.0, expected later this year. No new hardware is required.
Friends and Allies of the Walking Movement
Hosted by: America Walks
Meeting Description: Join America Walks for the free webinar, "Friends and Allies of the Walking Movement" on July 14th at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific as we explore how to connect with possible new partners in the work towards making America a great place to walk. We will hear about how to learn and grow with and from diverse organizations, industries and communities that are already in step with the walking movement. We will discuss ways for the walking movement to be more inclusive in its members and organizations and highlight the importance of creating access to walkable conditions for all users.
This webinar will hear from three organizations that are already friends and allies of the walking movement. Participants will learn about the work of these organizations and how to better engage with their communities.
Date: July 14th
Time: 2:00 PM EDT
Reading: The Inclusion Club's Episode 64: The Olympic Movement Belongs to Everyone.
Watching: The Gist, a news and media video source of NCHPAD!
CDC-NPS Parks, Trails, and Health Workbook
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Park Service (NPS) have created a new tool to assist communities and we need your help spreading the word. Well-designed parks and trails can promote physical activity, reduce stress, and provide environmental benefits.
The Parks, Trails, and Health Workbook: A Tool for Planners, Parks and Recreational Professionals, and Health Practitioners is quick guide for incorporating public health considerations in the development and improvement of a park or trail. This tool can help start collaborative discussions about the health benefits of parks and trails and prepare for a health impact assessment (HIA).
You can find the workbook at: go.nps.gov/parkstrailshealth_workbook
Spring 2016 Issue of Elevate Health
The President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN) is excited to bring you the Spring 2016 issue of Elevate Health. (PDF: 3.38 MB)
In this issue...
Healthy Foods and Beverages for Youth in Sports
Opening commentary is provided by Misty Copeland, a member of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. Misty is the first African American female principal dancer with the American Ballet Theater (ABT). Misty launched ABT’s Project Plié, a national diversity initiative in ballet and is the National Youth of the Year Ambassador for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. In 2015, she was named by TIME Magazine, as one of their “100 Most Influential People.”
Announcement of PhD Student Research Assistantships and Post-Doctoral Fellowship Positions- University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
1) National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded intervention study that focuses on motor skill competence, physical activity, and self-perceptions in preschool populations (1 PhD Student and 1 Post-Doctoral Fellow).
2) US Office of Special Education Programs within the US Department of Education (DOE) with an interest in motor development/behavior and adapted physical activity in at-risk pediatric populations (1 PhD Student or 1 Post-Doctoral Fellow).