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Physical Fitness
Make Healthy Choices

If you just look at the numbers, it can be overwhelming. Obesity is epidemic in the United States. In recent years, diabetes rates among people ages 30 to 39 rose by 70%. About 46.5 million adults in the United States smoke cigarettes, even though this single behavior will result in disability and premature death for half of them. More than 60% of American adults do not get enough physical activity, and more than 25% are not active at all.

Yet if you talk to Americans, there is hope. They say they generally know what will make them healthier, but they are confused about what specific information is credible and accurate. HealthierUS.gov will be that source of credible, accurate information to help Americans choose to live healthier lives.

Physical Fitness: Be physically active each day
Learn how to make regular physical activity a routine part of your life.
Prevention: Get preventive screening
Find out how screening can protect you and your family from illnesses YOU can prevent.
Nutrition: Eat a nutritious diet
Healthy eating is not a fad-it's a lifestyle. Learn what the experts say you need for a healthy diet.

Search all the linked resources on HealthierUS.Gov.

Avoiding risky behaviors: Make healthy choices
Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. If you smoke, you can quit. If you don't smoke, don't start!

More information about the President's HealthierUS Initiative is available on the White House Web site.

Check out these additional government health sites:

Fitness.gov - Run by the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, this site updates the public on the Council's fitness promotion activities and serves as a comprehensive resource for organizations and individuals wishing to take part in the Council's awards programs. Here you can also view Council members' bios.

BAM.gov - Based on two years of market research and development with teachers, students, scientists, and communications professionals, this Body and Mind (BAM) site is an interactive tool for adolescents, providing up-to-date information and encouragement to increase their level of physical activity and establish fitness habits that will stay with them for life.

VERB - This interactive Web site provides kids with ideas on how to become physically active and is part of an overall youth media campaign by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Recreation.gov - A partnership among Federal land management agencies to provide an easy-to-use web site with information about all federal recreation areas. The site allows you to search for recreation areas by state, by recreational activity, by agency, or by map.

healthfinder.gov - healthfinder® is a free guide to reliable consumer health information, developed by the Department of Health and Human Services and other federal agencies. This site links to carefully selected information and Web sites from over 1,700 health-related government agencies and not-for-profit organizations, includes many online checkups, and offers daily health news in English and Spanish.

4woman.gov - The National Women's Health Information Center (NWHIC) is a service of the Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health. The NWHIC Web site at 4woman.gov provides a gateway to women's health information resources developed by the Department of Health and Human Services, other Federal agencies, and private sector resources and covers over 800 topics.

Nutrition.gov - This site provides easily accessible government information on nutrition, healthy eating, and food safety. Providing accurate scientific information on nutrition and dietary guidance is critical to the public's ability to make the right choices in the effort to curb obesity and other food related diseases.

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