NIH: Office of Disease Prevention



Ways to Enhance Children's Activity & Nutrition (We Can!®)
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

We Can!® is a national movement designed to give parents, caregivers, and entire communities a way to help keep all children at a healthy weight. The We Can!® national education program provides parents and caregivers with tools, fun activities, and more to help encourage healthy eating, increased physical activity, and reduced time sitting in front of the screen (TV or computer) for the entire family. We Can!® also offers organizations, community groups, and health professionals a centralized resource to promote a healthy weight in youth through community outreach, partnership development, and media activities that can be adapted to meet the needs of diverse populations. Science-based educational programs, support materials, training opportunities, and other resources are available to support programming for youth, parents, and families in the community.

This section provides a selection of resources from the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) federal partners and is not intended to be a comprehensive list.

President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition

Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (ASH)

Through partnerships with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, the President's Council promotes programs and initiatives that motivate people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities to lead active, healthy lives. The mission of the President's Council is to engage, educate, and empower all Americans to adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical activity and good nutrition. The Council plays a key role in the development of the administration's programmatic priorities, outreach, and awareness efforts to improve the health and quality of life for all Americans.

2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

The 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines provide science-based guidance to help Americans age 6 and older improve their health through appropriate physical activity. Developed with health professionals and policymakers in mind, the Guidelines can help you: learn about the health benefits of physical activity; understand how to do physical activity in a manner that meets the Guidelines; understand how to reduce the risks of activity-related injury; and assist others in participating regularly in physical activity. In 2012, HHS released the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Midcourse Report: Strategies to Increase Physical Activity Among Youth, which identifies interventions that can help increase physical activity in youth ages 3–17 years across a variety of settings.

Physical Activity Information from

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is a government website where you will find information and tools to help you and those you care about stay healthy. It has resources on a wide range of health topics selected from approximately 1,400 government and nonprofit organizations to bring you the best, most reliable health information on the Internet. This website can help you find tips on how to stay active, manage your weight, or help a loved one become more active.

Physical Activity Fact Sheet from

Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health (OWH)

This fact sheet provides information on how physical activity can improve health, reduce weight, and prevent injuries, as well as other information on how to get moving.

Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) at the CDC

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The DNPAO utilizes a public health approach to address the role of nutrition and physical activity in improving the public's health and preventing and controlling chronic diseases. The scope of DNPAO activities includes leadership, policy, and guidelines development; surveillance; epidemiological and behavioral research; intervention development; technical assistance to states and communities; training and education; communication; and partnership development. The DNPAO works to increase health-related physical activity through population-based approaches; improve those aspects of dietary quality most related to chronic disease and unhealthy child development; and decrease the prevalence of obesity through preventing excess weight gain and maintenance of healthy weight loss.

Physical Activity Tracker from the USDA

Department of Agriculture (USDA)

The Physical Activity Tracker allows you to enter your activities and track progress as you move. In addition, you can create a personalized experience by creating a profile and getting a personalized nutrition and physical activity plan.

Active Living

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

To create a healthier nation, we must promote the health and wellness of individuals, families, and communities. Active living can help set people on the right course, and regular physical activity helps people of all ages protect and improve their health. Walking is currently the most commonly reported form of physical activity among U.S. adults. Walking is a simple form of physical activity that can be done almost anywhere. Encouraging Americans to add walking to their daily routine has enormous long-term health benefits and can help individuals reach the physical activity goals outlined in the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines. To explore the roles of walking and walkable communities as effective strategies to increase active living, members of the public had the opportunity to inform (PDF - 204 KB) a Surgeon General's call to action to support and promote walking and walkable communities.

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) External Website Policy

Coordinated by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

The USPSTF is an independent panel of non-federal experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine and is composed of primary care providers (such as internists, pediatricians, family physicians, gynecologists/obstetricians, nurses, and health behavior specialists). The USPSTF conducts scientific evidence reviews of a broad range of clinical preventive health care services (such as screening, counseling, and preventive medications) and develops recommendations for primary care clinicians and health systems. The USPSTF recommends behavioral counseling to promote a healthful diet and physical activity for cardiovascular disease prevention in high-risk adults External Website Policy, which applies to adults who are overweight or obese and have additional cardiovascular disease risk factors. The USPSTF recommends physical activity or exercise in topics such as: falls prevention in community-dwelling older adults External Website Policy and screening for and management of obesity by referring adults External Website Policy, children, and adolescents External Website Policy with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 kg/m2 or higher to intensive, multicomponent behavioral interventions.

The Guide to Community Preventive Services External Website Policy

Coordinated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The Guide to Community Preventive Services is a free resource to help you choose programs and policies to improve health and prevent disease in your community. Systematic reviews are used to answer questions about which program and policy interventions have been proven effective; whether there are effective interventions for your community; and how much effective interventions cost, as well as the likely return on investment from these interventions. The Community Guide includes systematic reviews of interventions to increase physical activity in the following areas: behavioral and social approaches, campaigns and informational approaches, and environmental and policy approaches.