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Supportive Environments for Physical Activity

Perils For Pedestrians
Perils For Pedestrians is a monthly television series that appears on public access cable stations across the US and that promotes awareness of issues affecting the safety of people who walk. Stations that carry the series can be found on the website, as can information about pedestrian safety.

Physical Education Resources Page
Sponsored by Yext Gyms, this is a helpful list of resources (ideas, lesson plans, activities, games) for teachers and coaches of school-aged children designed to promote physical activity. It also includes professional information, instructional resources and workshops, and more.

Rails to Trails Conservancy
The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching America's communities and countryside by creating a nationwide network of public trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Their website includes information on projects, programs and campaigns that are currently underway.

Sierra Club
The Sierra Club web site includes information about livable communities and solutions to urban sprawl. Their mission includes "exploring, enjoying and protecting the wild places of the earth, practicing and promoting the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and resources, while educating and enlisting humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment". This site also offers information on ways to "take action", "get outdoors" or "join or give".

Smart Growth
This website serves as a 'roadmap' for states and communities that have recognized the need for smart growth, but are unclear in how to achieve it.

Sprawl Watch
The Sprawl Watch website provides information and updates on the best land use practices, including limiting unnecessary land consumption, auto dependence, fragmented open space, repetitive one story commercial buildings surrounded by acres of parking and lack of public spaces and community center. An extensive list of reports and resources is included, as well as newsletters, current news, and upcoming events.

Surface Transportation Policy Project (STPP)
The goal of this project is "to ensure that transportation and policy investments help conserve energy, protect environmental and aesthetic quality, strengthen the economy, promote social equity, and make communities more livable." Along with other information, the website contains Stats for Your State, Transportation Decoders, Reports, Issue Areas, and a Library.

Sustainable Communities Network
The Sustainable Communities Network addresses a broad range of issues, including: Living Sustainably, Creating Community, Growing a Sustainable Economy, Protecting Natural Resources, Promoting Health, Smart Growth, and How to Govern a Community. The Network's web site was developed to increase the visibility of what has worked for communities, and to promote a lively exchange of information to help create community sustainability in both urban and rural areas. The site includes program case studies, documents for download, descriptions of projects and tools for working with communities.

Trails and Greenways Bibliography
The South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism website contains a searchable bibliography of over 900 SC trails and greenways related publications.

Trails and Greenways Clearinghouse
This web site, under the efforts of the Conservation Fund and Rails To Trails, is a "one stop source" for trail and greenway information and technical assistance. Resources that can be found at this web site include: fact sheets, studies or general information on advocacy, fund-raising, design, management and other issues, and online exchanges with other trail and greenway advocates.

Transportation Enhancement Act Reauthorization
This website provides updates on the hearing schedule, policy issues, and other developments in the TEA21 Reauthorization process.

Trust for Public Land
The Trust for Public Land is a national non-profit organization which works to conserve land to improve the health and quality of life of American communities. The Trust works with community groups and government agencies to create urban parks, build livable communities, and conserve land for watershed protection, among other things. The Trust's website lists national programs, local programs, and up-dated research and news such issues.

The American Volkssport Association has a web site that is packed with information about walking, including a directory of 1000 self-guided walking and biking trails across the U.S. AVA encourages people to meet friends, walk scenic trails and improve physical and mental health with a natural, accessible, and low-stress activity. The site includes AVA's network of 450 clubs, which organize more than 3000 events per year in all 50 states.

Walk Our Children to School Day
The University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center is the host for the "National Walk Our Children to School Day" website. The site includes descriptions of the event, a form to sign up, reasons to walk and lists of resources to make your walk great.

Walkable Communities, Inc.
This non-profit corporation is organized to help communities become more walkable and pedestrian friendly. Their website describes their services, and contains photographs of walkable communities for downloading. Very helpful if you will be creating a presentation about these issues!

U.S. Federal Government

The Bureau of Transportation Statistics
The Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), which was authorized by TEA-21, analyzes and publishes transportation statistics including non-motorized methods. Among others, the BTS conducts the National Personal Transportation Survey and the Omnibus Survey.

CDC Division Of Nutrition And Physical Activity
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity website includes news on nutrition, physical activity and public health programs, including science-based activities for children and adults that address the role of nutrition and physical activity in health promotion and the prevention and control of chronic disease. It also includes information on professional training opportunities, publications and information for consumers, and descriptions of programs and projects.

Eat Smart. Play Hard™
Eat Smart. Play Hard™ is a USDA campaign aimed at promoting positive changes in nutrition and PA among youth and their caregivers and is part of the President's Healthier US initiative. The website provides schools, educators, and health workers with resources to promote healthy eating and PA among youth. Resources include posters, brochures, activity sheets, stickers, and guidance materials.

Exercise and Physical Fitness at Medicine Plus
The National Institute on Aging has a great information on exercise for older adults. The site contains information on exercise benefits, safety, charting progress and offers great tips and ideas for charting progress.

National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)
The NCSL website contains a list of state legislation related to physical activity and nutrition, with additional links and resources of interest to physical activity and nutrition policy makers.

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute is part of the National Institutes of Health. Information is available on NHLBI programs, publications, and grants.

President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports is charged with promoting the benefits of sports, fitness, and physical activity and motivating all Americans to become and stay active and fit. Their website includes information on the President's Challenge Youth Physical Fitness Awards Program, the Physical Activity and Fitness Research Digest, and physical activity-related materials.

State Health Department Physical Activity Sites

Alabama Department of Public Health
The Alabama Department of Health's Physical Activity site contains general information on physical activity, including benefits, recommendations, and links. It also contains downloadable physical activity pyramids for adults and kids.

California Department of Health Services
The California Center for Physical Activity website features a newsletter, photo library, a walking program kit, fact sheets and physical activity links

Connecticut Department of Health
The Obesity Prevention Program website has physical activity, nutrition, and obesity links that are categorized into school, worksite, community, healthcare, and individual.

Delaware Division of Public Health The Delaware Division of Public Health's website feature information and a link to their physical activity initiative "Get up and Do Something" and the Lt Governor's Challenge which encourages citizens to adopt an active lifestyle. The site also includes guidelines for getting more physical activity and a link to the Delaware BRFSS data, which includes PA statistics.

Florida Department of Health
The website for the Physical Activity Promotion Program provides the basics of physical activity promotion as well as information about physical activity programs for children and teens and other links.

Iowa Department of Public Health
Iowans Fit for Life is a joint statewide initiative between the Iowa Department of Public Health and its partners that promotes increased opportunities for physical activity and healthy eating for Iowans of all ages. The site features detailed information about the initiative, Iowa's Comprehensive Nutrition and Physical Activity Plan, and links to resources.

Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
The Nutrition and Physical Activity/Obesity Prevention Program (NPA/O) site contains the Maryland Nutrition and Physical Activity Plan 2006-2016 and information on how the plan addresses obesity prevention in schools, worksites, healthcare settings and at home. Access to the Maryland Healthy Eating and Active Lifestyle Coalition ( website is also provided. This site features an events calendar and nutrition and physical activity resources.

Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Mass in Motion is a statewide initiative designed to promote increased physical activity levels for people of all ages in Massachusetts. The website provides information on physical activity across the lifespan as well as information for health professionals on promoting physical activity, including funding sources.

Michigan Department of Community Health
The website for the Cardiovascular Health, Nutrition, and Physical Activity section of Michigan's Department of Community Health contains a list of programs they are involved in, which are categorized into community, schools, health care settings, faith-based/special populations, and worksite. The Michigan Surgeon General's website features the Michigan Step Up program which features lots of physical activity, nutrition and wellness information and tools for individuals, school, communities, businesses and healthcare settings. Visit

Minnesota Department of Health
The Chronic Disease Risk Reduction Unit's Physical Activity website features physical activity programs, presentations, and grants that are searchable by age group, setting or target audience. The site also provides detailed resources and information pages for people working with older adults.

Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services
The Montana Nutrition and Physical Activity Program website describes the program's plans and accomplishments and provides nutrition and physical activity information and links to resources.

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
This page provides youth and adult nutrition and physical activity statistics in Nebraska and tools for action. The site also has a link to Nebraska Walk to School initiative.

New York Department of Health
Links to several physical activity programs for individuals, worksite and people with disabilities can be found under the heading "Healthy Lifestyles at Work and Home." Under "Obesity Prevention and Physical Activity", website provides links Activ8Kids and Steps to A Healthier NY websites.

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
The goal of the Physical Activity and Nutrition Branch is to build healthy communities and healthy living, and their primary activities, programs and services are listed on their website.

South Carolina Department of Health
This site provides information on the SC state-level Physical Activity Program, including program activities and links to the SC Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and the SC Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity. Information on physical activity recommendations is also provided.

Texas Department of Health
The Cardiovascular Health and Wellness department focuses on policy and environmental change strategies to increase opportunities for physical activity and good nutrition. Their website has resource lists that provides materials for their various school, community, worksite, food establishment, and health care setting programs.

Utah Department of Health
The Check Your Health section of the Utah Department of Health includes a section on physical activity. Information is provided on physical activity recommendations and programs, and many links are also provided.

Virginia Department of Health
This site provides general information on the benefits of physical activity and tips for getting physically active. A link to the Surgeon General's report is also provided.

Washington Department of Health

The Office of Community Wellness and Prevention has a number of programs for promoting health and preventing chronic disease, including a Nutrition and Physical Activity program. Specific efforts to increase physical activity and healthy eating are listed. Information for communities, worksites, schools and individuals is included on the website.

National Organizations, Councils & Coalitions (US)

America Bikes
America Bikes is a non-profit, collaborative effort of leaders in the bicycle community to advocate for positive outcomes for bicycling in the next federal transportation funding bill. The America Bikes agenda can be found on their website, as well as information about joining.

America on the Move™
America on the Move™ is a national campaign that gives people of all ages a fun and simple way to become more active and eat more healthfully. The first part of the campaign is a step program that incorporates healthy eating. The website provides additional information about the program and an online registration form.

America Walks
America Walks seeks to empower communities to create safe, accessible, and enjoyable walking conditions for all. The web site contains resources for advocates, walking groups, elected officials, and more. Subscription to an e-newsletter to learn more about events, legislation updates, and webinars is also available.

American Academy of Health Behavior
The mission of The American Academy of Health Behavior is to advance the practice of health education and health promotion through health behavior research.

American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD)
AAHPERD is the largest organization of professionals supporting and assisting those involved in physical education, leisure, fitness, dance, health promotion, and education and all specialties related to achieving a healthy lifestyle.

American College of Health Association
The American College of Health Association is the principle advocate and leadership organization for college and university health. The association will provide advocacy, education, communications, products, and services, as well as promote research and culturally competent practices to enhance its members' ability to advance the health of all students and the campus community.

American College of Preventive Medicine
The American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) is the national professional society for physicians committed to disease prevention and health promotion. ACPM's 2,000 members are engaged in preventive medicine practice, teaching and research. Many serve on ACPM committees and task forces and represent preventive medicine in national forums, contributing to the organization's role as a major national resource of expertise in disease prevention and health promotion. ACPM was established in 1954.

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
The American College of Sports Medicine promotes and integrates scientific research, education, and practical applications of sports medicine and exercise science to maintain and enhance physical performance, fitness, health, and quality of life [ACSM Mission Statement]. ACSM's website includes information on meetings and continuing education, research grants and scholarships, and a certification and career center.

American Council on Exercise
A.C.E. "pledges to enable all segments of society to enjoy the benefits of physical activity and protect the public against unsafe and ineffective fitness products and instruction." The A.C.E. website has information on A.C.E. certification as well as the "Energy 2 Burn" school fitness program. Also included are "Fit Facts" on dozens of topics, which can be downloaded and reproduced.

American Fitness Alliance (AFA)
The AFA's mission is "to improve young people's fitness and health by promoting physical activity and other healthy behaviors." The AFA website contains educational, assessment, and training resources aimed at enhancing youth fitness programs.

American Heart Association
The American Heart Association web site provides education and information on fighting heart disease and stroke.

American Hiking Society
The American Hiking Society advocates to protect foot trails and the hiking experience.Their website contains sections on trail conservation and policy, events and volunteer opportunities, alliance of hiking organizations, news and resources, and several others.

American Obesity Association (AOA)
AOA focuses on advocacy and education of obesity, and their programmatic areas of activity include education, research, prevention, treatment, consumer protection, and stigma.

American Public Health Association
APHA has been influencing policies and setting priorities in public health for over 125 years. Throughout its history it has been in the forefront of numerous efforts to prevent disease and promote health. The APHA is the oldest and largest organization of public health professionals in the world, representing more than 50,000 members from over 50 occupations of public health.

American Society on Aging
The ASA is the largest professional organization in the field of aging and provides educational programs, publications and information and training resources to its members.

Association of Public Health Laboratories
The Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) is dedicated to a healthier world through quality laboratory practice. The mission of APHL is to promote the role of public health laboratories in support of national and global objectives, and to promote policies and programs which assure continuous improvement in the quality of laboratory practices. APHL works collaboratively with its members and others to reach common goals in pursuit of this mission.

The League of American Bicyclists
The League of American Bicyclists works through advocacy and education to promote a bicycle-friendly America. Their website contains a bicycle advocacy and education center, a media center, information about league events and joining the league, and links.

National Association for Health & Fitness
The National Association for Health and Fitness is the network of state Governor's Councils on Physical Fitness and other state physical activity councils. The association's website includes a pressroom, online catalog and ordering, pages for every state council, and information on National Employee Health and Fitness (NEHF). The site includes an interactive, online version of the "Let's Get Physical" (LGP) 8-week incentive campaign to promote physical activity.

National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE)
This organization "seeks to enhance knowledge and professional practice in sport and physical activity through scientific study and dissemination of research-based and experiential knowledge to members and the public." A primary focus of NASPE is to educate the American public about the importance of physical education for all children and youth.

National Center on Physical Activity and Disability
The National Center on Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD) promotes and encourages physical activity for people with disabilities. In addition, NCPAD offers resources for fitness and exercise professionals who have an interest in promoting increased physical activity for people with disabilities. The website includes information about the organization as well as fact sheets, monographs, topical biographies, and a searchable national database.

National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity
The mission of the Coalition is to unite the strengths of public, private and industry efforts into a collaborative partnership to inspire and empower all Americans to lead physically active lifestyles to enhance their health and quality of life. The Coalition's website includes links to state coalition chairs and membership information.

National Osteoporosis Foundation
The National Osteoporosis Foundation offers sound medical information on the causes, prevention, detection and treatment of osteoporosis. The web site contains information on all these topics as well as patient and physician information.

National Recreation and Park Association
The National Recreation and Park Association has a mission "to advance parks, recreation and environmental conservation efforts that enhance the quality of life for all people." Their website contains information about the Association and its programs and about awards, public policy, membership and resources.

Office of Women's Health
The Office of Women's Health's slogan is 'Empowering women to lead healthier lives!" Their mission is to provide current, reliable, commercial and cost-free, health information to women and their families.

Partnership for Prevention
Partnership for Prevention is dedicated to "preventing disease and promoting health" by uniting the health interests of governments agencies and private organizations. Their main services include policy research, educational briefings, and forums for governments and private organizations to create agendas.

President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports is charged with promoting the benefits of sports, fitness, and physical activity and motivating all Americans to become and stay active and fit. Their website includes information on the President's Challenge Youth Physical Fitness Awards Program, the Physical Activity and Fitness Research Digest, and physical activity-related materials.

Project Fit America (PFA)
PFA is a national, non-profit charity dedicated to getting kids fit by donating fully funded cardiovascular health and lifetime fitness education programs to schools, grades K-12. The program summary, as well as other information about the organization's efforts can be found on the PFA website.

Road Runners Club of America
The Road Runners Club is the national association of not-for-profit running clubs dedicated to promoting long distance running as a competitive sport and as healthful exercise.

Shape Up America!
Shape Up America! is a national health campaign initiated by former Surgeon General Everett Koop. The web site contains information about safe weight management and physical fitness.

Texas Bicycle Coalition (TBC)
TBC is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing bicycle access, safety, and education in Texas. The website contains information on legislative campaigns, TX rides, events, and news, TX bicycle laws, resources, and links.

The Trust For Public Land
The Trust for Public Land is a national non-profit organization that works to conserve land to improve the health and quality of life of American communities. On the Trust's website, program information can be viewed by different regions in the country, as well as by topics area, such as City Parks, Land and Water, and Federal, Local, and National Programs.

Wellness Councils of America
The Wellness Councils of America is a worksite health promotion organization that designs and delivers comprehensive wellness initiatives. The website gives information about their products, their consulting services, and information about joining the organization.

Women's Sports Foundation
Women's Sports Foundation is a non -profit organization dedicated to ensuring equal access to participation and leadership opportunities for all girls and women in sports and fitness.

Physical Education

The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) is the non-profit professional membership association that sets the standard for best practices in quality physical education and sport. NASPE is the largest of the five national associations that make up the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD).

Project Aces
Project ACES (All Children Exercising Simultaneously) strives to educate children about the importance of physical activity, show children physical activity can be fun and end the stereotype that children are physically unfit. The website provided information about starting you own ACES club, planning your annual Project ACES event in May and free downloadable materials.

PE Central
Created and maintained by the Health and Physical Education Program at Virginia Tech, the goal of PE Central is to provide the latest information about contemporary developmentally appropriate physical education programs for children and youth. Among many items, the site includes lesson plans, assessment ideas, instructional resources and information on conferences and workshops.

P.E.4LIFE is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting quality, daily physical education programs for America's youth. The P.E.4LIFE website contains a list of valuable resources and programs as well as news and information about PEP grants.

This website includes an extensive list of links, information on standards documents, a free bulletin board, and much more. A free newsletter is available to alert readers about updates to the website.

SPARK is an organization that is committed to improving the quantity and quality of physical activity for teachers and students. The website contains a collection of physical education programs that have been developed from SPARK research including Early Childhood Education, K-6 Physical Education, Lifelong Wellness, Middle School P.E., High School PE and Active Recreation.

International Sites

Australian Sports Commission
Australian Sports Commission coordinates the Australian Government's commitment & contribution to sport. It provides national leadership in all facets of sport from the elite level through to the wider sporting community. Their website provides resources for educators, coaches, communities, practitioners, the general public and more.

Active Living Canada
Active Living Canada was formed in 1993 as a group of organizations dedicated to increasing moderate physical activity.

Alberta Centre for Active Living (Canada)
The Alberta Centre for Active Living works with practitioners,
organizations, and communities to improve the health and quality of life of all people through physical activity. The centre is funded by the Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks & Wildlife Foundation and Alberta Community Development. The centre is also the Active Living Affiliate for the Canadian Health Network website. Affiliation with the University of Alberta's Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation has led to strong ties with prominent University of Alberta researchers.

Australian Bicycle Council (ABC)
ABC is the national body that coordinates implementation of Australia Cycling - The National Strategy 2005-2010. The strategy has six objectives that deal with improvements to cycling, including coordination, integration, facilities, safety, information, and education. The strategy can be downloaded from the ABC website.

BikeShare (Canada)
BikeShare is a community bicycle-lending program in downtown Toronto that gives its members access to bright yellow, retro bikes. An online database showing the numerous hubs is provided on the BikeShare website, as is information on becoming a member.

Business Case for Active Living at Work (Canada)
The Business Case for Active Living at Work is a Health Canada initiative that aims to increase physical activity levels of Canadians. The website summarizes research relating workplace active living with improved work outcomes, provides a template for practioners for start a business case for active living, and includes "how to" sections, tips, and case studies of active workplaces.

Centre for Physical Activity and Health (Australia)
Located at the School of Public Health at the University of Sydney, the Centre for Physical Activity and Health focuses on physical activity epidemiology, PA measurement research, the design and evaluation of interventions to increase physical activity and policy research related to physical activity and health. The website features a newsletter, various physical activity reports, information about profession development opportunities, and links to lots of resources.

Go for Green
Go For Green is part of the Active Living & Environment Program in Canada which encourages outdoor physical activity that protects, enhances, or restores the environment. Its four objectives are to: 1) create healthy, safe, and accessible environments, 2) provide opportunities for Canadians to experience, value, and learn to protect the environment while being active outdoors, 3) find active transportation alternatives to counter our growing reliance on the automobile, and 4) build local, regional and national partnerships and alliances that help Canadians "Go for Green".

Health Education Board for Scotland (HEBS)
This website contains over 25,000 pages of health and statistical information for both public and professional use.

Heart Foundation of Australia
The Heart Foundation of Australia has a project on "Supportive Environments for Physical Activity." The focus of the project is collaboration between government, non-profits, and communities, to create more opportunities for individuals to be physically active.

International Council on Active Aging (ICAA)
The ICAA connects a community of like-minded professionals who share the goals of changing society's perceptions of aging and improving the quality of life for aging baby boomers and older adults within the six dimensions of wellness [ICAA mission statement]. The Council provides professionals with resources, information, education and tools.

International Physical Activity Questionnaire
The IPAQ's purpose it to provide common instruments that can be used internationally to obtain comparable estimates of physical activity from surveillance system data.

International Society for Aging and Physical Activity (ISAPA)
ISAPA is a non-profit organization that promotes research, clinical practice, and public policy initiatives in the aging and physical activity arena.

International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA)
ISBNPA is comprised of researchers who are interested in understanding the determinants of physical activity and health eating behaviors and in developing successful interventions. The ISBNPA website contains information on membership, committees, the annual conference, and the International Journal for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.

International Walk to School
The "iwalk" website provides information about International Walk to School Day and Week, including information and links to each country that is walking. The site also contains resources, photos and quotes.

PACE Canada
PACE Canada is comprehensive guide that assists physicians in increasing their patients' physical activity levels and improving their eating habits. PACE Canada is the Canadian adaptation of PACE and includes a toolkit and counseling guide.

Paths for All Partnership and The Paths to Health Project (Scotland)
The Paths for All Partnership is an initiative that aims to create a network of paths in Scotland for walkers, cyclists, and horse riders. The Partnership's website contains information about the benefits of paths, as well as related links, publications, and available path-building grants. The Paths to Health Project, created by Paths for All Partnership, supports the development of local Paths to Health Schemes to increase walking for health.

Pedestrian Council of Australia
The objectives of the Pedestrian Council of Australia include the improvement of pedestrian safety and access, the encouragement of walking as a transport means and as an inclusion in urban and transport planning, the enhancement of community health and welfare, and research into pedestrian issues. Contained on the website are media releases, press clippings, reports, and information on Walk Safely to School and Walk to Work Days.

Sustrans - Sustainable Transportation Charity (UK)
Sustrans is an organization that works on projects that encourage people to walk, cycle, and use public transportation to reduce motor traffic and its negative effects. Their flagship project is the National Cycle Network, which has created over 10,000 miles of routes throughout the UK.

TravelSmart (Australia)
TravelSmart is a successful Western Australian community-based program that encourages people to use alternatives to car transportation. The TravelSmart website provides detailed information about the program, including ideas and resources for implementing the program.

World Health Organization (WHO)
The Noncommunicable Disease Prevention and Health Promotion branch of the WHO houses a physical activity website that contains information about promoting physical activity and about the annual Move for Health Day.

Resources for Researchers

Active Living Research
A program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Active Living Research supports research that that will identify policy and environmental influences on physical activity. The website provides information about funding opportunities as well as active living background and references.

Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research
The Cooper Institute conducts research to discover the connection between lifestyle habits and health and aims to disseminate this information to improve the lives of individuals. Their website contains information regarding training and certifications, products, publications, and programs.

Federal Statistics
This website provides easy access to the full range of statistics and information produced by 70 Federal government agencies for public use.

Foundation Center
The Foundation Center provides a gateway to philanthropy on the worldwide web for grantseekers, grantmakers, researchers, policymakers, the media, and the general public.

Health Promotion Research Network
This network from the Karolinska Institute offers numerous links to health promotion, health services, evidence-based medicine, and other sites.

NIH Research
Search the National Institutes of Health's database of funded biomedical research using the "Computer Retrieval of Information on Scientific Projects" (CRISP). CRISP is searchable by keyword, principal investigator, institute/center, grant title, institution, state, and more. Uses of CRISP include searching for scientific concepts or emerging trends, identifying other investigators with similar interests, and locating grants by awarding institution.

Tools For Measuring Environmental Change
The Center for Advanced Studies in Nutrition and Social Marketing, in collaboration with several public and private organizations, presents a collection of tools that measure environmental change in a number of areas including PA and diet, food retailers, work sites, churches, medical providers/physicians, food access, and schools. All of the tools have been either formally validated or extensively field-tested.

Resources for Practitioners

Action for Health Kids Resource Database
Action for Health Kids (AFHK) is a national initiative aimed at improving the health and educational performance of children through better physical education and nutrition in schools. The AFHK website hosts a resource database that contains links to over 150 brochures, books, CD-ROMS, toolkits, and websites containing information on children's physical activity and nutrition.

Aerobics and Fitness Association of America
The Aerobics and Fitness Association of America is the world's largest fitness educator that certifies fitness professionals and develops educational materials. The website contains information regarding services, supplies, and support that the Association offers.

Appropriations Fact Sheets
The Chronic Disease Directors website offers 11 Appropriations Fact Sheets that can be used to raise awareness about current federal appropriations plans when communicating with a range of audiences. Included in the Fact Sheets is information about CDC funding for nutrition, physical activity and obesity programs, heart disease and stroke, diabetes, and arthritis.

Asthma Management Website
The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute's National Asthma Education and Prevention Program has created the "Asthma Management Model System," primarily for health care professionals to learn the latest diagnostic and treatment methods. The site also contains consumer education materials, including one on "Asthma and Physical Activity in the School."

Bright Futures in Practice: Physical Activity
This site offers guides for the health professional which provide developmentally appropriate physical activity supervision for children and adolescents. The site also includes an overview of physical activity issues and concerns, and strategies and tools for health promotion and disease prevention.

Center for the Advancement of Health
The goal of the Center for the Advancement of Health is to link health research to policy and practice. In addition, the Center aims to encourage collaboration among researchers, policy makers, and practitioners and communicate information about translating research to policy and practice.

The Center for Weight and Health
The Center for Weight and Health promotes collaborative solutions to weight problems and food security issues by encouraging and conducting relevant research. Their website contains information regarding projects, resources, literature, and data and statistics that relate to weight problems.

Chronic Disease Directors: Appropriations Fact Sheet
The Chronic Disease Directors (CDD) website offers 11 appropriations Fact Sheets. These can be used to raise awareness about current federal appropriations plans when communicating with a range of audiences, including CDD members, decision-makers, partners, and community groups. Included in the Fact Sheets is information about CDC funding for nutrition, physical activity and obesity programs, heart disease and stroke, diabetes, and arthritis.

Electronic Resources for Evaluators
This web site has numerous links to evaluation related sites which include: Links to People & Organizations, Links to Online Journals and Resources, Links to Evaluation Tools & Data, Links to Training, Jobs & Funding, and other Favorites. The resources were compiled by Catherine Elwell, a doctoral candidate and staff member in Educational Research and Evaluation at Utah State University.

Fitness for Youth Program (FFY)
FFY is a program developed by the University of Michigan and Blue Cross Blue Shield Michigan that teaches health-related concepts to students and provides several weekly periods of vigorous cardiovascular exercise. The FFY website provides examples of successful fitness programs for youth, tips for successful implementation, and research on children's health.

Foundation Center
The Foundation Center provides a gateway to philanthropy on the worldwide web for grantseekers, grantmakers, researchers, policymakers, the media, and the general public.

Guidelines for Promoting Physical Activity and Nutrition
The Association of State and Territorial Public Health Nutrition Directors' Nutrition and Physical Activity Work Group has published "Guidelines for Comprehensive Programs to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity". The document offers recommendations for making it easier to live a healthy lifestyle by counteracting the impact of living in a society that makes it easy to eat high-calorie foods while avoiding activity. State and local health advocates can use the Guidelines to create comprehensive nutrition, physical activity, and obesity control programs.

Health Education Advocate
Health Education Advocate has a mission "to provide a central, timely source of advocacy information related to the field of health education and health promotion." Their website includes sections on Advocacy Alerts, Taking Action, Legislation, Identify Your Congressmen, Advocacy Resources, and several others.

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention for Older Adults
This web site provides professionals with free strategies and materials to enhance the capacity of national, state and local organizations in serving the health promotion and disease prevention needs of older adults.

Health Resources for Minority Women
The National Women's Health Information Center has compiled "Health Resources for Women of Color," which lists information from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services agencies and programs. Included are materials on physical activity, for African American women and for Hispanic/Latino women, from several U.S. government agencies.

Human Kinetics Publishing
Human Kinetics Publishing has a "commitment to developing quality resources in such areas as the sport and exercise sciences, physical education, fitness, sports, and coaching." In addition to their product catalog, their website also includes information on jobs, conferences and links to other physical activity-related sites.

Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Library
With information compiled by the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Library at Georgetown University, this website offers a selection of recent, high-quality resources that analyze data, describe public health campaigns and other promotion programs, and report on research aimed at identifying promising strategies for improving physical activity levels within families, schools, and communities.

North Carolina Prevention Partners
The mission of North Carolina Prevention Partners is "putting prevention first for a healthier NC by fostering partnerships, promoting prevention, and influencing policy." Their website provides resource lists for a wide variety of health promotion and disease prevention topics, including physical activity.

Patient-centered Assessment and Counseling for Exercise and Nutrition (PACE)
PACE is a nutrition and physical activity counseling program for physicians and other health care providers that includes assessment tools and counseling protocols. Information about the materials and training is provided on the website.

Public Health Training Network
The Public Health Training Network (PHTN) is a distance learning system sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control, that takes training opportunities to professionals in public health settings and, increasingly, in healthcare and related settings.

Researchers against Inactivity-related Disorders (RIDS)
Researchers against Inactivity-related Disorders (RIDS)is an organization that advocates for government support of research into disorders associated with a sedentary lifestyle. The website provides facts about sedentary death syndrome, links for contacting legislators, and other links and resources.

Social Marketing
A website billing itself as "The most comprehensive online resource on social marketing" is sponsored by Weinreich Communications. The site includes information on social marketing conferences, a series of articles describing social marketing and research, a list of free publications, and links to related sites.

Social Marketing: Health Canada
Health Canada, the national health department of Canada, has created a Social Marketing Network. One of the resources available at the website is an annotated bibliography, which contains information on physical activity and social marketing. An on-line tutorial on social marketing is also included.

Take Heart Alaska
Take Heart Alaska is a statewide cardiovascular disease prevention coalition. A subgroup of the coalition, Alaskans Promoting Physical Activity (APPA), is dedicated to increasing physical activity among Alaskans to reduce CVD. Their website contains publications, links, data and statistics concerning CVD in Alaskans, and information about Take Heart Alaska and APPA.

VERB sites for tweens
VERB was a CDC youth media campaign that was aimed at encouraging positive physical activity among youth aged 9-13 (tweens). The campaing ran from 2002 through 2006, and used a variety of media channels and out-of-home outlets to communicate ideas for fun physical activities.

Weight-Control Information Network
A service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, the Weight-control Information Network site offers professionals and consumers science-based information on obesity, weight control and nutrition. Included are publications, lecture series on video, and a program listing.

World Health News
This online news digest from the Center for Health Communication of the Harvard School of Public Health is designed as a resource for an international audience of policy makers and journalists, as well as public health researchers, practitioners, and advocates.

Safe Routes to School/Walk to School

2002 Summary of Safe Routes to School Programs in the United States
Surface Transportation Policy Project (STPP) has published a summary of SR2S programs in the US on their website. The document categorizes SR2S programs into the following four models: dedicated resource, engineering, enforcement, and encouragement/education. It includes an inventory of programs from around the country with contact information and web links.

Active and Safe Routes to School (Canada)
Active and Safe Routes to School is a Canadian program that encourages active transport to and from school. The website provides information on program initiatives, ideas, contests and awards, and a registration form.

Bronx Safe Routes to School (NY)
Safe Routes to School in NY is administered by Transportation Alternatives. The website describes the program, has program press releases and media quotes, and provides a link to the 2001 Summary of Safe Routes to School Programs in the United States report.

California Walk to School Headquarters
California's Walk to School Headquarters contains an abundance of resources and tools for holding a successful walk to school day. Resources include posters, brochures, walkability checklists, and information for event coordinators and committees, schools and families, and the community and media.

German Examples of Safer Routes to School
This is a paper presented at the Road Safety Education Conference in York, June 1998. It outlines the rationale behind Safer Routes to School and provides examples of programs in Germany.

CDC's KidsWalk-to-School website offers valuable walk to school resources, including KidsWalk-to-School: A Guide to Promote Walking to School, a comprehensive guide to help communities implement a year-long walking initiative. A community walk to school presentation is also provided.

International Walk to School
The "iwalk" website provides information about International Walk to School Day and Week, including information and links to each country that is alking. The site also contains resources, photos and quotes.

National Center for Safe Routes to School
Established in May 2006, the National Center for Safe Routes to School assists communities in enabling and encouraging children to safely walk and bike to school. The website provides information on how to start and sustain a Safe Routes to School program, case studies of successful programs, links to Federal and State resources and much more.

SafeRoutes Texas
Safe Routes to School is a construction program administered by the TX DOT for increasing the safety of routes that children walk or ride to school. Detailed information on creating and implementing Safe Routes projects, including a toolkit, is available on the website.

Safe Routes to School (California)
This is the site for the Marin County, CA Safe Routes to School program. Along with other resources, the website provides a comprehensive toolkit for starting a SR2S program.

Safe Routes to School (Chicago)
The Chicago and Illinois Departments of Education developed the Safe Routes to School program, which aims to increase the number of children biking and walking to school. A SRTS brochure is available on the website.

Safe Routes to School (Christchurch, NZ)
The website provides resources and ideas, including games, quizzes, and example programs. It also provides school travel data and information on their Walking School Bus program.

Safe Routes to School (Portland)
Included on the Portland SRTS website is program information, resources, and information on getting involved.

Safe Routes to School (UK)
This website provides a selection of Safe Routes to School initiatives in the UK. It also provides information on getting involved as well as resources, publications, and useful links.

Safe Ways to School (Florida)
The Florida Traffic and Bicycle Safety Education Program administers the Safe Ways to School program. The website describes the program and has information for obtaining a Safe Ways toolkit.

WalkBoston Safe Routes to School Project
WalkBoston is building New England's first comprehensive Safe Routes to School program. A brochure with program results is available on the website.

Walking School Bus
The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center hosts a Walking School Bus Information website. It describes walking school buses, their purpose, and how they function. It also includes several case studies and links to related websites.

Walk Safely to School Day (Australia)
The website of Walk Safely to School Day provides event details, press clippings, media releases, reports, links, and allows participants to register for the event.

Walk to School (UK)
This site provides all the latest news about the National Walk to School initiative in the UK. The site provides information for parents, curriculum ideas for teachers, and fun pages for children. A notice board is also provided for individuals to share ideas and experiences about the National Walk to School initiative.

Walk to School (US)
The official Walk to School website for the US provides information about Walk to School Day, including steps for planning an event, resources, links, and a list of participating schools.

Way to Go! (British Columbia, CA)
Way to Go! was British Columbia's Safe Routes to School program. The website includes a summary of the program and the tools it utilized.

Individual/Consumer-Oriented Sites

Aim For A Healthy Weight
As a part of the NHLBI's Obesity Education Initiative (OEI), the Aim for a Healthy Weight Web Site provides information for patients, the public, and health professionals. Information for patients and the public include a Body Mass Index calculator, an interactive personalized menu planner, shopping ideas, recipes, dining out tips, and a guide to physical activity. Information for health professionals include online and point-of-care reference tools for download and use, including a treatment guidelines tool for the Palm OS.

America Outdoors
America Outdoors is an international non-profit association of outfitters, and their website houses a searchable database of adventure travel outfitters and recreation destinations throughout the US and the world.

BAM! Body and Mind
BAM! CDC's Office of Communication and the Information Resource Management Office recently launched BAM! for kids. Aimed at youth ages 9-13, BAM! was created to answer kids' questions on health issues and recommend ways to make their bodies and minds healthier, stronger, and safer. BAM! also provides middle school health and science teachers with interactive activities that are educational and fun.

The Fitness Jumpsite
The mission of the Fitness Jumpsite is to provide quality fitness, health and nutrition related information and education across the globe. The Jumpsite is a non-commercial labor of love. It is our intent to wholeheartedly contribute to the awareness and momentum of the health and fitness movement by providing resources and support that will cultivate happy, healthy, and fit lifestyles.

Healthfinder provides consumer health information documents produced by Federal agencies.

Hershey's Topics in Nutrition: Physical Activity in Young People
The Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital is committed to improving physical activity and healthy eating behaviors of youth and families in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Center is a Hershey-created research institute which was founded in 2006 to promote the health benefits of chocolate. The Center focuses on three areas: heart health, weight management and mental and physical energy.

Kidnetic is a website designed to communicate healthy eating and active living information to kids aged 9-12 and their families. The site encourages kids and their families to begin the process of adopting healthy lifestyles. This is the first component of ACTIVATE, an educational outreach program of the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation.

Live Healthier, Live Longer
This National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute website is intended for heart disease patients and others with high cholesterol. "Live Healthier, Live Longer" provides information on dietary changes and physical activity.

National Institutes of Health - Exercise for Older Adults
This National Institue of Health site has excellent links to news articles and overviews of various topics relating to exercise and physical fitness. There are also great visual aids in the form of slide shows, and numerous other resources related to public heath for seniors.

Prevention's Healthy Ideas
The publishers of Prevention magazine have a web page that provides personalized information on health and fitness. It includes information on weight loss, fitness, healthy cooking, and family health. There is information about walking and place to sign up for a free newsletter.

Runners World On-Line
An extension of Runners World Monthly magazine (published by Rodale Press), Runners World On-line provides accessible and entertaining information on a variety of running topics. There are sections for beginners and women, and sections on nutrition and shoe selection.

Self Magazine
The Self Magazine website includes a section on fitness, health, and diet. It also includes workout slide shows.

Start! is the American Heart Association's national campaign that calls on all Americans and their employers to create a culture of physical activity and health to live longer, heart-healthy lives through walking. MyStart! Online features an exercise tracking tool, newsletters, recipes and more. Tools and programs for employers are also available.

VERB sites for tweens
VERB was a CDC youth media campaign that was aimed at encouraging positive physical activity among youth aged 9-13 (tweens). The campaing ran from 2002 through 2006, and used a variety of media channels and out-of-home outlets to communicate ideas for fun physical activities.

Workouts for Women
For about $4.50 a week, Workouts for Women provides home-based workouts every week, with descriptions of the exercises and video-taped demonstrations. The workouts are tailored to varying fitness levels. Participants fill out an Accountability Log and receive feedback every eight weeks. The fitness programs are designed by a personal trainer who is certified as an American College of Sports Medicine Health and Fitness Instructor and as an American Council on Exercise Personal Trainer. A "Stretch Library" of descriptions and video on a variety of stretching exercises is on the website at no charge.

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