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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting public health activities in the United States. CDC's Mission is to collaborate to create the expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health – through health promotion, prevention of disease, injury and disability, and preparedness for new health threats. CDC is composed of the Office of the Director, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Center for Global Health, and five Offices, including Public Health Preparedness and Response; State and Local Support; Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services; Noncommunicable Diseases, Injury and Environmental Health; and Infectious Diseases. CDC employs more than 15,000 employees in more than 50 countries and in 168 occupational categories.

Review Date: February 27, 2013

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Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity - DNPAO, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

CDC's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity (DNPAO) is working to reduce obesity and obesity-related diseases. DNPAO's mission is to lead strategic public health efforts to prevent and control obesity, chronic disease, and other health conditions though regular physical activity and good nutrition.

Review Date: July 19, 2011

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National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion - NCCDPHP
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The CDC's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) consists of nine divisions that support a variety of activities that improve the nation's health by preventing chronic diseases and their risk factors. Program activities include supporting states’ implementation of public health programs; public health surveillance; translation research; and developing tools and resources for stakeholders at the national, state, and community levels. The Center’s surveillance activities provide data and statistics relevant to each of its program areas.

Review Date: August 09, 2011

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National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The National Health Information Center (NHIC) is a health information referral service sponsored by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. NHIC puts health professionals and consumers who have health questions in touch with those organizations that are best able to provide answers. Using a database that contains descriptions of health-related organizations, NHIC staff refer people to the most appropriate resource. Spanish language information specialists are available.

Review Date: July 14, 2011

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National Institutes of Health - NIH
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The NIH mission is to uncover new knowledge that will lead to better health for everyone. NIH provides leadership and direction to programs designed to improve the health of the Nation by supporting research: in the causes, diagnosis, prevention, and cure of human diseases; in the processes of human growth and development; in the biological effects of environmental contaminants in the understanding of mental, addictive and physical disorders; in directing programs for the collection, dissemination, and exchange of information in medicine and health, including the development and support of medical libraries and the training of medical librarians and other health information specialists. Compromised of 27 seperate Institutes and Centers, NIH is located in Bethesda, Maryland. NIH provides information and materials to assist the general public, professional public, and media representatives in understanding the new and developing health advances from the NIH.

Review Date: August 17, 2011

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National Park Service

The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.

Review Date: December 10, 2008

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NIH National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Information Clearinghouse

The clearinghouse provides information about various forms of arthritis and rheumatic disease and bone, muscle, and skin diseases in English, Spanish and Chinese. It distributes patient and professional education materials and refers people to other sources of information.

Review Date: July 20, 2011

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NIH National Institute on Aging

NIA, one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of NIH, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. In 1974, Congress granted authority to form NIA to provide leadership in aging research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs relevant to aging and older people. Subsequent amendments to this legislation designated the NIA as the primary Federal agency on Alzheimer’s disease research. The Institute's mission is to: •Support and conduct genetic, biological, clinical, behavioral, social, and economic research related to the aging process, diseases and conditions associated with aging, and other special problems and needs of older Americans. •Foster the development of research and clinician scientists in aging. •Communicate information about aging and advances in research on aging to the scientific community, health care providers, and the public.

Review Date: August 11, 2011

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NIH National Institute on Aging Information Center

Health Information publications from the National Institute on Aging can be ordered online. You can search or browse to find titles at http://www.nia.nih.gov/HealthInformation/Publications.

Review Date: June 16, 2011

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Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The mission of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) is to provide leadership for disease prevention and health promotion among Americans. ODPHP undertakes this mandate through the formulation of national health goals and objectives; the coordination of the Department of Health and Human Services activities in disease prevention, health promotion, preventive health services, and health information and education with respect to the appropriate use of health care; and the stimulation of public and private programs and strategies to enhance the health of the Nation. ODPHP is organized around four areas: prevention policy, clinical preventive services, nutrition policy, health communication, and Telehealth. ODPHP's Prevention Policy oversaw the development of HEALTHY PEOPLE 2000, the national prevention agenda, and manages the process by which progress is monitored. ODPHP's Clinical Preventive Services staff promote the appropriate use of immunizations, screening tests, patient counseling, and other prevention activities in clinical settings. The staff coordinate the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and its development of age- and sex-specific guidelines for preventive services. ODPHP acts as a catalyst for activities that strengthen the Department's capabilities and national leadership in nutrition research, nutrition monitoring, nutrition services and training, nutrition education, food safety and quality, and international nutrition. ODPHP promotes improved access to health information through coordination of Federal health information resources and partnerships with local channels, such as libraries. ODPHP manages the Federal gateway to consumer health information on the Internet, healthfinder (www.healthfinder.gov). ODPHP also operates the National Health Information Center (NHIC). The Science Panel on Interactive Communication and Health (SciPICH) is promoting the evaluation of effective communication technology for health information and education.

Review Date: August 31, 2011

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Office of the Surgeon General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Office of the Surgeon General, under the direction of the Surgeon General, oversees the operations of the 6,500-member Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service and provides support for the Surgeon General in the accomplishment of her other duties. The Office is part of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health in the Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Surgeon General serves as America's Doctor by providing Americans the best scientific information available on how to improve their health and reduce the risk of illness and injury.

Review Date: August 24, 2011

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President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition

The President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition (PCFSN) is a committee of up to 25 volunteer citizens appointed by the President to serve in an advisory capacity through the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). Through its programs and partnerships with the public, private and non-profit sectors, PCFSN acts as a catalyst to promote healthy lifestyles through fitness, sports and nutrition programs and initiatives that educate, empower and engage Americans of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.

Review Date: August 11, 2011

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the United States government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. HHS works closely with state and local governments, and many HHS-funded services are provided at the local level by state or county agencies, or through private sector grantees. The department includes more than 300 programs, covering a wide spectrum of activities. In addition to the services they deliver, the HHS programs provide for equitable treatment of beneficiaries nationwide, and they enable the collection of national health and other data.

Review Date: August 30, 2011

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AARP

AARP is the nation's leading organization for people age 50 and older. It serves their needs and interests through information and education, advocacy, and community services provided by a network of local chapters and experienced volunteers throughout the country. The organization also offers members a wide range of special benefits and services, including Modern Maturity magazine and the monthly Bulletin.

Review Date: December 19, 2011

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American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

The American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation was founded to maximize the quality of life while minimizing the incidence, severity and prevalence of physical impairments and disabilities. The AAPM&R also promotes societal health and enhances the understanding of the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation. AAPM&R is the national medical specialty society of more than 6,500 physiatrists - physicians specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation.

Review Date: August 27, 2008

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American College of Sports Medicine

ACSM’s Mission Statement: 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. ASCM is dedicated to generating and disseminating knowledge concerning the motivation, responses, adaptations, and health aspects of persons engaged in sport and exercise. ACSM sponsors an annual meeting, a team physician's conference, a variety of workshops and lecture tours; provides continuing medical education; certifies program directors, exercise specialists, exercise test technologists, health/fitness directors, instructors, and aerobic exercise leaders. The ASCM also sponsors a new investigator award, a visiting scholar award, honor awards, and citations. The ASCM has 12 regional chapters.

Review Date: June 16, 2011

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American Council on Exercise®

The American Council on Exercise®(ACE) is a nonprofit organization committed to enriching quality of life through safe and effective exercise and physical activity. ACE helps to protect all segments of society against ineffective fitness products, programs and trends through its ongoing public education, outreach and research. ACE further protects the public by setting certification and continuing education standards for fitness professionals.

Review Date: December 06, 2011

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American Heart Association

The American Heart Association (AHA), a nonprofit, voluntary health agency funded by private contributions, is dedicated to the reduction of death and disability from cardiovascular diseases, including heart diseases and stroke. The AHA is one of the world's largest voluntary health organizations with about 2,200 community organizations in all States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. More than 3.7 million persons volunteer with the AHA to fight cardiovascular diseases, the nation's No. 1 killer and a leading cause of disability. Preventing heart disease and stroke is the first priority of the American Heart Association. In support of this goal, the AHA has contributed more than $1 billion to cardiovascular research since 1949. Public education programs to inform people how to reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke is another priority. The AHA also sponsors continuing medical education seminars and meetings throughout the year.

Review Date: December 20, 2011

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American Running Association

The American Running Association (ARA), in conjunction with its sister organization, the American Medical Athletic Association, provides information for runners and supports educational campaigns to decrease the incidence of childhood obesity and educate the public on safe training and competition. ARA provides its members with a bi-monthly e-newsletter, weekly sports medicine newsletter, access to over 1,000 online fitness-related articles, personalized advice from sports medicine professionals, and more. Its motivational campaign, "National Run A Mile Days," is celebrated each May.

Review Date: July 28, 2009

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American Tai Chi Association

The mission of the American Tai Chi Association is to promote Tai Chi as a complementary and alternative medicine to benefit the public health; promote Tai Chi as a physical activity for fitness and wellness; represent and serve Tai Chi coaches nationwide; and educate the public about the role and benefits of Tai Chi.

Review Date: January 27, 2012

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National Association for Health and Fitness

The National Association for Health and Fitness was founded in 1977 by staff of the President's Council on Physical Fitness. Its mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals in the United States and its territories through the promotion of physical fitness, sports and healthy lifestyles by fostering and supporting Governor's and State Councils on physical fintess and sports in every state and U.S Territory.

Review Date: September 14, 2010

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National Collegiate Athletic Association

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), founded in 1906, serves as the national association for collegiate athletics. As a voluntary association of more than 900 institutions, the NCAA administers college athletics programs and rules on issues pertaining to the administration of intercollegiate athletics. Services include sponsorship of athletic championships, scholarships for college athletes to pursue graduate studies, approval and publication of rules for collegiate sports, research on sports-related problems and issues, compilation of sports statistics, promotion of sports events, and group insurance programs. The NCAA is also involved in sports medicine and safety activities. NCAA publications include position statements on such issues as sports safety and sports medicine, as well as rules of play and sports statistics.

Review Date: January 16, 2009

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National Recreation and Park Association

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), founded in 1965 by the merger of seven organizations, promotes the interests of the park and recreation movement through public information, political advocacy, research, and professional development. Through its divisions and programs, the NRPA strives to build public awareness of the role of physical fitness in health, encourages recreation among the elderly, and promotes standards for recreation services for the handicapped. The NRPA's National Therapeutic Recreation Society is working to improve professional qualifications and standards. Other NRPA services include accreditation of colleges/universities, advocacy, continuing education programs, meetings and conferences, a library on park and recreation interests, an information clearinghouse, and answers to technical questions.

Review Date: June 26, 2008

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National Strength and Conditioning Association

The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) is an international nonprofit educational association founded in 1978. Drawing upon its vast network of members, the NSCA develops and presents the most advanced information regarding strength training and conditioning practices, injury prevention, and research findings. Central to its mission, the NSCA provides a bridge between the scientist in the laboratory and the practitioner in the field. By working to find practical applications for new research findings in the strength and conditioning field, the association fosters the development of strength training and conditioning as a discipline and as a profession.

Review Date: January 20, 2012

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Post-Polio Health International

The mission of Post-Polio Health International, including International Ventilator Users Network, is to enhance the lives and independence of polio survivors and home mechanical ventilator users by promoting education, networking, and advocacy among these individuals and healthcare providers. Audiences addressed include consumers, professionals, survivors of polio, rehabilitation health professionals, neurologists and pulmonologists. Requests for information may be received by telephone, mail, e-mail and in person.

Review Date: February 26, 2013

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Shape Up America!

Shape Up America! is a non-profit national initiative to raise awareness of the importance of healthy eating and increased physical activity for weight management and disease prevention. Founded by former U.S. Surgeon C. Everett Koop in 1994, Shape Up America! relies on a broad coalition of industry, medical, health, nutrition and physical fitness experts to develop and communicate information to the public and to health care professionals. It has three broad objectives: promote a new understanding by Americans of the health importance of achieving and maintaining a healthy weight and increasing physical activity; provide science-based information on the assessment and treatment of obesity; and increase cooperation among national and community organizations committed to advancing healthy weight and increased physical activity as major public health priorities. The Shape Up America! website--www.shapeup.org--is designed to communicate with the public, health care professionals, educators and the media.

Review Date: June 27, 2008

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TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)

TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) is a, nonprofit, weight-loss support and wellness education organization. Established in 1948 to champion weight-loss support and success, TOPS promotes successful, affordable weight management with a philosophy that combines healthy eating, regular exercise, wellness information, awards and recognition, and support from others at weekly chapter meetings. TOPS is comprised of men, women, and children age 7 and older, with about 170,000 members in nearly 10,000 chapters throughout the United States and Canada. Visitors are welcome to attend their first TOPS meeting free of charge.

Review Date: August 29, 2011

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Wheelchair & Ambulatory Sports, USA

Wheelchair & Ambulatory Sports, USA (WASUSA) organizes and governs disabled sports in the United States. Its activities are managed by its Board of Directors, National Governing Bodies, and Sport Technical Committees which maintain rules on disabled athletics, records rule changes, maintains records, selects sites for national championship meets, sanctions meets, and promotes disabled sports. The organization believes in the positive psychological aspects of a rehabilitation program of competitive sports, and hopes that the media attention gained from sponsoring meets will serve to educate the public. WASUSA offers the following sports: archery, athletics, handcycling, shooting, swimming, table tennis, billiards, weightlifting and fencing. Membership is available for a fee.

Review Date: June 12, 2012

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Women's Sports Foundation

Founded in 1974 by Billie Jean King, the Women's Sports Foundation is a national charitable educational organization seeking to advance the well-being and leadership skills of girls and women through sports and physical activity. The Foundation's Participation, Education, Advocacy, Research and Leadership programs are made possible by gifts from individuals, foundations and corporations. Interested parties can contact the Foundation for information about its Speaker Service, Community Action Programs, grants and scholarships or membership via the Internet or Women’s Sports Infoline. The Foundation’s GoGirlGo! works across the country to improve the health of sedentary girls and to keep girls involved in physical activity.

Review Date: January 27, 2012

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YMCA of the USA

The National Council of Young Men's Christian Associations of the United States of America, (The YMCA of the USA), is actively involved in improving spiritual, mental, and physical health through its over 2,000 local member associations. YMCA fitness and health programs are based on preventive health care activities designed to head off heart disease, stroke, and other afflictions before they begin to develop. Prevention programs designed for people of all ages include fitness testing, aerobic conditioning, health education, individual and group fitness regimens, and weight management. Programs geared to children in kindergarten through grade nine combine exercise with educational activities which teach cardiovascular health concepts. Prevention programs for adults offer fitness assessment and development of individualized programs for exercise and conditioning. Intervention programs include a program designed to prevent back pain and educational and rehabilitation programs for cardiac patients. Certification programs are offered for health and fitness instructors. Local YMCAs publish flyers announcing their health and fitness programs.

Review Date: October 14, 2009

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