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General Physical Activity Resources
Active Extensive on-line listings of listings of local sports, recreation and events. A great place to find organized athletics in our neighborhood beyond the common sports
Active Living by Design Active Living by Design establishes innovative approaches to increase physical activity through community design, public policies and communications strategies.
American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, recreation & Dance The American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, recreation and Dance (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 Sport Medicine 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.
American Council on Exercise Professional research resource for health and fitness
BAM! Body and Mind Centers for Disease Control and Prevention BAM! Body and Mind is an Online destination for kids, 9-13 years old, created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC). BAM! Body and Mind gives the kids the information they need to make healthy lifestyle choices. BAM! Body and Mind also serves as an aid to teachers, providing them with interactive, educational, and fun activities that are linked to the national education standards for science and health.
California Center for Physical Activity The California Center for Physical Activity creates opportunities for everyday activity by connecting partners to active living resources and helping develop improved walking and bicycling environments. The Center works through strategic alliances with physical activity experts, local health departments, community-based organizations and like-minded public and private-sector partners
California Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports Professional resource of health and fitness field.
California Task Force on Youth and Workplace Wellness Has made a commitment to support the integration of quality physical activity into the lives of every Californian.
ESPN Play Your Way Program Youth fitness initiative that empowers kids ages 7 to 12 to get fit and remain physically active. Play your way encourages youth to develop games that can be played with traditional and nontraditional materials.
Exercise for Children Professional research resource of health and fitness field
Exercise for Seniors Professional research resource of health and fitness field
Fitness Fever This site offers activities, experiments,recipes,nutrition information, active games and resource information for teachers.
FitSource This site links childcare and after school providers to a wide variety of physical activity and nutrition resources. There are links to activities, lesson plans, healthy recipes,information and parents and many other downloadable tools.
Healthy People 2010 Fitness challenge for Americans to improve health trends toward wellness. Health information including: online health check-up,dietary guidelines, health care decisions and so on.
Healthy Women Build Healthy Communities Provides an online toolkit to help women create a personal program to eat healthier and be more physically fit.
Kidnetic Kid based website with games, facts and recipes to help children understand food, feelings and fitness for better health.
Kids in Action Interactive website featuring healthy recipes, fun games, and information for parents.
National Alliance for Youth Sports Advocacy and promotion and athletics and activity in school-age children. Links for kids, parents, administrators and coaches.
National Association for Girls and Women in Sports Encourages females to be physically active.
National Association for Health and Fitness The National Association for Health and Fitness exists to improve the quality of life for individuals through the promotion of physical fitness, sports and healthy lifestyles.
National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance Learn how to end size discrimination and improve the quality of life for plus size people.
National Center for Bicycling and Walking The mission of the National Center for Bicycling and Walking is to help create bicycle-friendly and walkable communities by encouraging and supporting the efforts of individuals,organizations and agencies.
National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity The coalition's mission is to help communities achieve the Healthy People 2010 Physical Activity Objectives.
National Recreation and Park Association News and stories about community recreation and preservation of parks, trails and nature.
On the Move Program Physical activity programming
Partnership for a Walkable America The partnership for a Walkable America is a national coalition working to improve the conditions for walking in America and to increase the number of Americans who walk regularly.
PE Central PE Central has an extensive database of physical activity lessons and games. The ability to search by age group and type of activity makes it particularly useful
PE4life PE4life is dedicated to inspiring active, healthy living by advancing the development of quality, daily physical education programs for all children.
Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center Walk and bike to school website
President's Council On Physical Fitness and Sports Information on nutrition and physical activity.
Skillastics Classroom board games to encourage physical challenges for all kids to learn and master sports skills.
SPARK (Sports, Play and Active recreation for Kids) Physical Education Sample lesson plans for physical education programs. Preschool through eighth grade plans available. On-site training is also available.
Sports 4 Kids The mission of Sports 4 Kids is to provide opportunities to enhance the health and well being of youth and communities. The resources section of this website has downloadable physical activity curricula, games and activities.
Team up for Youth Team up for Youth promotes the healthy development of young people by strengthening and expanding after-school sports programs, particularly those serving low-income neighborhoods.
Verb Crossover for Community based Youth Organizations Materials designed to help move students to action and make physical activity a natural part of everyday.
Verb Youth Medical Campaign This site includes resources and information to make physical activity "cool" for teens.
VERB-Centers for Disease Control and Prevention The VERB campaign encourages young people ages 9-13 (teens) years to be physically active every day.
Wellness Councils of America Fitness Link.
Physical Activity Specific Resources
About Aerobics Aerobics and aerobic exercise fitness programs along with many other fitness related subjects such as diet and dance.
Turnstep Dictionary of Moves Aerobics dictionary of animated pictures and descriptions for many aerobics moves.
WebAerobics Information on Aerobics, books, certifications, fitness, health, instructors and nutrition.
BAM! Body and Mind Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-Baseball Activity Card
Little League Online Website for Little League for Baseball and Softball
Teaching Baseball to kids Helping kids play America's favorite pastime.
BAM! Body and Mind Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-Basketball  Activity Card
National Junior Basketball HQ California-based national youth organization with over 25,000 participants in 6 states
Women's Basketball Online Women's Basketball Online is a comprehensive women's basketball site.
Bicycle Federation Bicycling website
Bicycle Federation - Pedestrian Issues Bicycling website
USA Cycling USA Cycling is the official cycling organization and is responsible for identifying, training and selecting cyclists to represent the United States in international competitions.
BAM! Body and Mind Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-Football Activity Card
USA Football Find local leagues or learn how to start one.
U.S. Fencing Association Fencing Website
United States Fencing Association The mission of the USFA is to develop fencers to achieve international success and to administer and promote the sport in the USA.
USA Gymnastics USA Gymnastics is the national governing body for the sport of gymnastics in the United States.
BAM! Body and Mind Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-Golf Activity Card.
Children's Golf Foundation Children's Golf Foundation is dedicated to teaching  children with disabilities how to play golf. Our goal is not just to teach these children how to hit a golf ball, but to teach them how to PLAY the GAME of golf. We start with PGA Golf Professionals teaching all of our classes. We also have Physical Therapists and a club maker to assist these children in learning how to play the game of golf
America on the Move A national initiative dedicated to helping individuals and communities across the nation make positive changes to improve health and quality of life. Offers a walking program with group coordination and logs.
America Running Association The American Running Association advocates for improving health through running.
General Nutrition Resources
American Council on Science and Health The American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) is a consumer education consortium concerned with issues related to food, nutrition,chemicals,pharmaceuticals, lifestyle, the environment and health.
American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology Learn about food allergies.
American Dietetic Association The ADA is the largest organization of food and nutrition professionals in the United States. You can find more in depth information on any topic by using the site search engine or Find-a-Dietitian (listing of registered Dietitians across the country).
American Society for Nutrition Science Research Organization for Nutrition Science Professionals. Information about nutrition.
American Society for Nutrition: Nutrition Science Research Information about health, nutrition, prevention, wellness.
Body Positive Consider ways to live a healthy life at any weight.
California Department of Education-Nutrition Resources and information related to child nutrition, nutrition education, food distribution programs, and the Child Nutrition and Physical Activity Advisory Council.
California Dietetic Association Registered dietitian referral service and a variety of articles for topics of interest available under "Food for Thought".
California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom  The California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom works with K-12 teachers, and students to increase awareness and understanding of agriculture.
California Garden Clubs Learn how to garden or use your garden skills to plant plants at different locations in the area you choose.
California Healthy Kids Resource Center The California Healthy Kids Resource Center maintains a comprehensive collection of health education materials for use by teachers, administrators and university faculty.
California Network for Healthy Active Families The California Network is a partnership of over 200 public and private organizations seeking to achieve the goal of healthy California eating and increased physical activity. It is the state's largest network of its kind targeted towards limited income consumers.
California Project LEAN California Project Lean provides you with a wealth of resources, evaluations, articles and materials for promoting healthy eating and physical activity.
California School Garden Network Learn how to start and maintain a garden at school.
CanFit The California Adolescent Nutrition and Fitness (CANFit) Program is statewide, organization whose mission is to engage communities and build their capacity to improve the nutrition and physical activity status of California's communities.
Center of Nutrition Policy Promotion Information about my pyramid, my kids pyramid, dietary guidelines, my pyramid tracker.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention Information about the importance of good nutrition and how to make healthy eating a part of your life.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention- Growth Charts Download the current growth charts. Information on data tables and educational materials.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-Nutrition Basics Do you ever feel like you can't keep up with the changes in technology? Sometimes it seems that way with dietary advice, as if things are always changing. While it's true that the fields of diet and nutrition are areas of evolving research, there are some basic concepts you can keep in mind. By knowing these basics, you will be better equipped to sort through nutrition research and dietary advice. Food Groups;Water;Dietary Fat;Carbohydrates;Protein;Vitamins and Minerals.
Dairy Council of California Dairy Council of California has been an innovator in nutrition education. The Dairy Council's free nutrition education programs for educators and health professionals.
Dietary Guidelines for American 2005 Provides authoritative advice for people two years and older about how good dietary habits can promote health and reduce risk for major chronic diseases.
Eat Smart Play Hard Eat Smart. Play Hard. TM is about making America's children healthier. It's about practical suggestions that will help you motivate children and their caregivers to eat healthy and be active.
FDA Kids Home Page This interactive website targets youth and provides excellent information on food, nutrition, food safety and health
Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network Learn about food allergies.
Food and Agriculture Organization Information about nutrition locally and around the world. Provides information about eating healthy and about hunger in different countries.
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