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Associations and Organizations
Founded in 1885, SHAPE America is the largest organization of professionals involved in school-based health, PE, and physical activity, whose mission is to "advance professional practice and promote research related to health and physical education, physical activity, dance, and sport."
American Public Health Association (APHA)
APHA describes itself as the only organization that influences federal policy on a variety of current public health issues, with the goal of using science-based advocacy and programs to create the healthiest nation in one generation.
International Council on Active Aging (ICAA)
ICAA's mission is to promote Active Aging as a solution to improving the quality of life for older adults. Their efforts are directed at helping businesses excel in serving the 50+ population, and at helping that population serve itself.
National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA)
Founded in 1950, the National Athletic Trainers' Association is the professional membership association for certified athletic trainers and those who support the profession.
National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA)
This Corvallis-based association is dedicated to becoming the premier organization of leaders in collegiate recreation around the world.
PE Central aims to provide the latest information about developmentally appropriate physical education programs for children. The site includes over 2,000 published lesson plans, best practices, apps, and assessments for PE teachers, parents, and students.
SPARK is a research-based, public health organization dedicated to creating, implementing, and evaluating programs that promote lifelong wellness. SPARK strives to improve the health of children, adolescents, and adults by disseminating evidence-based physical education, after school, early childhood, and coordinated school health programs to teachers and recreation leaders serving Pre-K through 12th grade students.
Nutrition, Diet, and Weight Loss
A good place to track your diet and physical activity! Analyze your diet, calories, and calories you burn through activity.
Free online diet and exercise journal.
Tracking your food and exercise on your smart phone or the website. Share/blog with friends, create recipes, set up reminders, and get reports of your progress.
Food and Nutritional Information Center
The Food and Nutrition Information Center provides credible, accurate, and practical resources for nutrition and health professionals, educators, government personnel and consumers. Topics include food safety, weight and obesity, dietary supplements, and lifecycle nutrition.
General Exercise, Fitness, and Health
A website with exercise programs, fitness testing calculators, general questions, and links to additional resources. Click on the "Beginner's Page" (on the left) once you are there to get great information and program ideas for when you are just getting started.
Health and medical information from a trusted online resource.
Eat healthy, get fit, be inspired, and start tracking! Everything you need to get started and track your diet and exercise.
Fitness info from ACEfitness.org
Fitness information from the American Council on Exercise.
ACSM - American College of Sports Medicine
One of the leading authorities on exercise science and sports medicine.
Your guide to an active planet. Articles and information on many different activities, sports, and events.
A FREE members-only site (just sign-up) for tracking your diet and exercise...and MUCH more! Healthy recipes, exercise photos/videos, and motivation.
A site designed specifically for women.
Flexibility and Back Health
Back Pain Treatment and Symptoms
Excellent web resource covering back pain treatment options, symptoms, and much more.
Video tutorials and coaching points on stretching various parts of the body.
The Stretching Institute
A good website with information on sports injuries and sport specific stretches. Limited sample stretches for each sport/injury and then additional information is offered in products for sale.
A great source of information for anything related to running: training routines, race schedules, shoes and gear, health, nutrition, and motivation. One of the columns is even devoted to running playlists!
Wonders of Walking - Portland, OR
Wonders of Walking (WOW) celebrates the walker by offering a range of walking events, information, and training groups for walkers by walkers.
America's Running Routes
Map out your walking, cycling, or running route on this website. Save it for future use and share with others if you would like. Look up routes already listed for your area.
Map My Run
Plot your running routes over mountains (view elevation), through the woods (topo maps), and speeding through the city (street level views) with just a few mouse clicks. Once your running map is complete, you can quickly view it in 3D, satellite maps, or share it with friends.
Walk-Run Pace Calculator
Based on one entry of your most recent race time and distance, this tool will calculate: 1) Projected Distance Finish Times: Based on the time you provide for a given distance, this tool will predict finish times for you for a variety of common race distances. 2) Training Paces: Based on the time you provide for a given distance, this tool will suggest training methods and paces for you. 3) Pace: Based on the time you provide for a given distance, this calculator will determine your pace in five different units. You can also convert paces using our pace converter.