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While you’re busy working out your body, our experts are busy building the body of knowledge about physical activity and fitness. In the Research Digest, you’ll get the latest scientific updates from the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition.

We send the Research Digest by e-mail four times a year. Over the years, we’ve racked up quite a bit of research. Take a look! You’ll need the free Adobe Reader or another PDF reader.

2013 Issues

December 2013
Effective Education and Development of Youth Sport Coaches (PDF)
September 2013
Improve Your Performance: Sports Nutrition for Youth and Adults (PDF)
June 2013
The Importance of Physical Activity for Losing Weight, Maintaining Weight, and Preventing Weight Gain (PDF)
March 2013
Policies to Increase Youth Physical Activity in School and Community Settings (PDF)

2012 Issues

December 2012
Too Much Sitting: Health Risks of Sedentary Behaviour and Opportunities for Change (PDF)
September 2012
40th Anniversary of Title IX: Status of Girls' and Women's Sports Participation (PDF)
June 2012
Combining the U.S. Dietary Guidelines and Physical Activity Guidelines to Achieve a Healthy Lifestyle (PDF)

2011 Issues

December 2011
The Importance of Childhood Physical Activity for Optimal Lifelong Bone Health (PDF)
September 2011
Promoting Physical Activity Through Policy (PDF)
June 2011
Healthy People 2020: Physical Activity Objectives for the Future (PDF)
March 2011
Assessment and Return to Play Following Sports-Related Concussion (PDF)

2010 Issues

December 2010
Physical Activity, Asthma, and Exercise-Induced Bronchoconstriction (PDF)
September 2010
Physical Activity and Breast Cancer: Prevention, Survival, and Mechanisms (PDF)
June 2010
Exercise Comes of Age as Medicine for Older Adults (PDF)
March 2010
The Role of Family in Promoting Physical Activity (PDF)

2009 Issues

December 2009
Physical Activity During Pregnancy and Postpartum: What Have We Learned? (PDF)
September 2009
Promoting Positive Youth Development Through Physical Activity (PDF)
June 2009
School Physical Education as a Viable Change Agent to Increase Youth Physical Activity (PDF)
March 2009
The Legacy of Dr. Ralph Seal Paffenbarger, Jr.—Past, Present, and Future Contributions to Physical Activity Research (PDF)

2008 Issues

December 2008
2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (PDF)
September 2008
Promoting Physical Activity Using Technology (PDF)
June 2008
Promoting Inclusive Physical Activity Communities for People with Disabilities (PDF)
March 2008
The Potential of Parks and Recreation in Addressing Physical Activity and Fitness (PDF)

2007 Issues

September 2007
Resistance Training for Obese Children and Adolescents (PDF)
June 2007
Exercising in the Heat and Sun (PDF)
March 2007
A History of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports Research Digest (PDF)

2006 Issues

December 2006
Physical Activity and the Built Environment (PDF)
September 2006
The Role of Schools in Preventing Childhood Obesity (PDF)
June 2006
Are People Physically Inactive Because of Their Genes? (PDF)
March 2006
Sports and Character Development (PDF)

2005 Issues

December 2005
Physical Activity and Nontraditional CHD Risk Factors: New Pathways for Primordial Prevention of Coronary Heart Disease (PDF)
September 2005
Progression and Resistance Training (PDF)
June 2005
Physical Activity in Minority Populations: Overcoming a Public Health Challenge (PDF)
March 2005
Anabolic-Androgenic Steroids: Incidence of Use and Health Implications (PDF)

2004 Issues

December 2004
Preventing Cardiovascular Disease in Women: How Much Physical Activity is "Good Enough"? (PDF)
September 2004
Seeing Ourselves Through the Obesity Epidemic (PDF)
June 2004
Physical Activity for Children: Current Patterns and Guidelines (PDF)
March 2004
Nutrition and Physical Activity: Fueling the Active Individual (PDF)

2003 Issues

December 2003
Increasing Physical Activity in Communities: What Really Works? (PDF)
September 2003
Youth Resistance Training (PDF)
June 2003
The Compendium of Physical Activities (PDF)
March 2003
Physical Activity and The Stages of Motivational Readiness for Change Model (PDF)

2002 Issues

December 2002
Making Sense of Multiple Physical Activity Recommendations (PDF)
September 2002
Dose-Response Issues Concerning the Relations Between Regular Physical Activity and Health (PDF)
June 2002
Taking Steps Toward Increased Physical Activity: Using Pedometers to Measure and Motivate (PDF)
March 2002
Cost and Consequences of Sedentary Living: New Battleground for an Old Enemy (PDF)

2001 Issues

December 2001
Toward a Uniform Definition of Wellness: A Commentary (PDF)
September 2001
Tracking of Physical Activity Across the Lifespan (PDF)
June 2001
Does Exercise Alter Immune Function and Respiratory Infections? (PDF)
March 2001
Healthy People 2010: Physical Activity and Fitness (PDF)

2000 Issues

December 2000
Physical Activity Protects Against the Health Risks of Obesity (PDF)
September 2000
Motivating Kids in Physical Activity (PDF)
June 2000
Current Issues in Flexibility Fitness (PDF)
March 2000
Definitions: Health, Fitness, and Physical Activity (PDF)

1999 Issues

December 1999
Questionable Exercises (PDF)
September 1999
Physical Activity Promotion and School Physical Education (PDF)
June 1999
Adolescence: A "Risk Factor" for Physical Inactivity (PDF)
March 1999
Physical Activity & Fitness for Persons with Disabilities (PDF)

1998 Issues

December 1998
Physical Activity & Aging:  Implications for Health & Quality of Life in Older Persons (PDF)
September 1998
Physical Activity for Young People (PDF)
June 1998
Nutritional Erogogenics & Sports Performance (PDF)
March 1998
Psycho-Physiological Contributions of Physical Activity & Sports for Girls  (PDF)

1997 Issues

December 1997
The Influence of Exercise on Mental Health (PDF)
September 1997
Youth Sports in America: An Overview (PDF)
June 1997
Physical Activity & The Prevention Of Type II (Non-Insulin Dependent) Diabetes (PDF)
March 1997
Personalizing Physical Activity Prescription (PDF)

1996 Issues

December 1996
Resistance Training for Health (PDF)
September 1996
Economic Benefits of Physical Activity (PDF)
June 1996
What You Need to Know About The Surgeon General's Report on Physical Activity and Health (PDF)
March 1996
Physical Activity and Women's Health (PDF)

1995 Issues

December 1995
Health Benefits of Physical Activity During Childhood & Adolescence (PDF)
September 1995
Osteoporosis & Physical Activity (PDF)
June 1995
Physical Activity & Cancer (PDF)
March 1995
Physical Activity in the Prevention & Management of Coronary Heart Disease (PDF)

1994 Issues

November 1994
Toward an Understanding of Appropriate Physical Activity Levels for Youth (PDF)
August 1994
Influences on Physical Activity of Children, Adolescents, & Adults (PDF)
May 1994
Exercise, Obesity, & Weight Control (PDF)
February 1994
Readiness for Physical Activity (PDF)

1993 Issues

November 1993
Heredity & Health-Related Fitness (PDF)
August 1993
Physical Fitness & Healthy Low Back Function (PDF)
May 1993
Physical Activity & Intrinsic Motivation (PDF)
February 1993
The Health Benefits of Physical Activity (PDF)