WEBTREATS: Exercise and Physical Fitness

This list, prepared by the College Resource Center Librarians from other sources, is provided for information only.  Referral to these sites does not imply the endorsement of The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of either the organization or their contents, expressed views, programs, or political activities.  Further, the College does not endorse any commercial products that may be advertised or available from these organizations or on these websites. This list is not meant to be comprehensive; the exclusion of a site does not reflect the quality of that site.  Please note that sites and URLs are subject to change without warning. 

American Cancer Society (ACS)
This is the specific ACS site for Eat Healthy and Get Active, which provides consumer-oriented information, resources, tools, and recipes.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists 
The College publishes consumer pamphlets and professional materials on exercise and diet that address the needs of women at all life stages, including during pregnancy.

Annual Women’s Health Care

American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM)
Use the search window to locate documents on a specific topic or visit policy and resources sections to find guidelines.

American Council on Exercise  (ACE) Get Fit
ACE sets standards for fitness professionals and fitness products and programs.  Get Fit contains a variety of tools to help users plan their road to fitness, including detailed exercises and sample recipes.

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

Access Public Information
This ACSM page links to many types of information on exercise and fitness.

ACSM Position Stands
This ACSM-MSSE site is the gateway to ACSM guidelines.

American Heart Association (AHA)
Exercise and Physical Activity in the Prevention and Treatment of Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease

BAM! Body and Mind (CDC)
The physical activity section of the CDC BAM! Website offers youth-friendly information and tools on a wide variety of sports and exercises.

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)  Nutrition Resources for Health Professionals
Weight Management Research to Practice Series

This series summarizes emerging research in obesity for health care professionals.

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity (DNPAO)
This is the CDC DNPAO gateway to information on Nutrition & Physical Activity.

Physical Activity Guidelines, including during and after pregnancy, are found through this link.

FamilyDoctor.org, developed by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), provides consumer-level health information.  The Exercise & Fitness section includes sections on exercise basics, sports safety, and injury rehabilitation.

healthfinder is the DHHS-coordinated site for consumer health information.  Use the general search window to search on specific terms or select topics from alphabetic lists.

healthfinder Physical Activity

Healthchildren.org is the American Academy of Pediatrics’ website for pediatric and adolescent health information for consumers.  This specific HealthyChildre.org page links to consumer information on fitness.

MedlinePlus: Exercise and Physical Fitness

National Association for Health and Fitness (NAHF)
The purpose of NAHF is to improve the quality of life for Americans through the promotion of physical fitness, sports, and healthy lifestyles.

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Trondheim)
Cardiac Exercise Research Group (CERG)
The CERG VO2max calculator, a major indicator of cardiovascular fitness, is available through this specific page.

SHAPE America (Society of Health and Physical Educators)
SHAPE America's mission is to advance professional practice and promote research related to health and physical education, physical activity, dance, and sport.

Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC)
Exercise in Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period

US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)  2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans
These federal guidelines describe the types and amounts of physical activity that offer substantial health benefits to Americans.  The website includes a toolkit, activity planning brochure for adults, and links to other federal resources on healthy living.

US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)

Behavioral Counseling to Promote Physical Activity

US Task Force on Community Preventive Services
Recommendations to increase physical activity in communities.

Use the search screen to find specific topics or browse featured items.

Women's Health Initiative Cohort Study (may require login or payment)
Recreational Physical Activity and the Risk of Breast Cancer in Postmenopausal Women

World Health Organization

Physical activity

Please also refer to the WEBTREAT on Diet, Weight Management, and Obesity for related links.  
pvh/ym last revised 9/27/2017


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