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Medline Plus Health Information from the National Library of Medicine

Exercise/Physical Fitness

Find news and press releases from the National Institutes of Health, and general information and overviews on specific topics, including research, nutrition, directories, journals and newsletters, organizations, statistics,and new information on exercise and fitness for all age groups.

Wellness and Lifestyle

Explore information resources on these topics and more: exercise for seniors, prevention of heart diseases, mental health, nutrition, preventing disease and staying healthy, sports fitness, and sports injuries.


American College of Sports Medicine

The college publishes several journals that report recent research and new developments on physical fitness and the health benefits of active living. The current contents of these journals can be browsed online. Here are links to two journals from ACSM.

Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise Journal
The official journal of the American College of Sports Medicine, features original investigations, clinical studies, and comprehensive reviews on current topics in sports medicine and exercise science. Original articles report on new educational developments as well as sound physical fitness practices. Readers can enhance their basic understanding about the role of physical activity in human health and function.

Health & Fitness Journal
Articles in this journal are useful to fitness instructors, personal trainers, exercise leaders, program managers and other front-line health and fitness professionals. Its mission is to promote and distribute accurate, unbiased, and authoritative information on health and fitness. The journal covers all aspects of exercise science and nutrition research.


Active Aging Partnership (AAP)
The American College of Sports Medicine, in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the National Institute of Aging (NIA), the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the American Geriatric Society (AGS), has developed the Active Aging Partnership (AAP). The mission of the AAP is to advocate the need for physical activity in older adults and to promote the benefits of physical activity for enhanced quality of life. To find out more about this partnership, click on this link:


Need statistics on the health and status of U.S. citizens? How often do people in the U.S. exercise, and what are their favorite forms of exercise? Explore these sites:

Data from Healthy People 2010
This site tracks the success of the Healthy People 2010 objectives developed to improve the health of Americans by the year 2010, including the 10 leading health indicators, major data sources, DATA2010 from the The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The data are updated quarterly.

The Kaiser Family Foundation's State Health Facts Online
This site contains the latest state-level data on demographics, health, and health policy, including health coverage, access, financing, and state legislation. Visitors can compare data for all the states on topics including Health Status (look here for statistics on obesity)Health Costs Women's Health, Minority Health, and more.

Preventing Obesity and Chronic Diseases Through Good Nutrition and Physical Activity
CDC, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Learn about CDC research to strengthen knowledge of the role of physical activity and nutrition in health. Link to the pdf file: