About Fitness at NASA
NASA's Occupational Health Program advocates all employees' participation in physical fitness and other health/wellness activities. In addition to health benefits reported by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), regular exercise and a well-balanced diet may help to reduce absences due to illness, increase productivity, and enhance individuals' quality of life and mental health.
Studies conducted by the CDC and the ACSM have shown that adults should accumulate 30 minutes or more of moderate-intensity physical activity on most, preferably all, days of the week. Physical activity results in protective effects and reduction of risk for several chronic diseases, including coronary heart disease, hypertension, non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, osteoporosis, colon cancer, and anxiety and depression. A midlife increase in physical activity is associated with a decreased risk of mortality - an estimated 250 000 deaths per year in the United States (about 12% of the total) are attributable to a lack of regular physical activity.
|Date / Time||Topic||Presenter||Presentation|
|Thursday - May 16 at 1:30pm ET||When Coping Does More Harm Than Good||Anika Isaac|
|Thursday - June 13 at 1:30pm ET||Is it a Diet or an Eating Disorder?||Takis Bogdanos|
|Thursday - July 18 at 1:30pm ET||Men's Mental Health||Takis Bogdanos|
|Thursday - August 15 at 1:30pm ET||Work/Life Balance||Anika Isaac|
|Thursday - September 12 at 1:30pm ET||Family Health & Fitness||Anika Isaac|
|Thursday - October 17 at 1:30pm ET||All You Ever Wanted/Needed to Know on Managing Stress||Takis Bogdanos|
|Thursday - November 14 at 1:30pm ET||Impact of Long-Term Trauma & Stress on Physical Health||Jackie Reese|
|Thursday - December 12 at 1:30pm ET||Multigenerational Differences at Work||Anika Isaac|
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Upcoming ViTS For Coordinators & Points of Contact
- Wednesday July 31, 2013 at 1:00pm ET
- Wednesday November 06, 2013 at 1:00pm ET
Become a Member of your Fitness Center!
- List All Fitness Center Facility Managers
- Using Fitness Facilities at Other Centers While on Travel
- See Photos of Various NASA Fitness Centers
Most NASA Centers and component facilities have onsite fitness centers. Some NASA Centers also feature running/walking trails, basketball courts, tennis courts, and group exercise classes. Employees should take advantage of these benefits.
For information on how to become a member, obtain a schedule of group classes, or to tour the facilities, visit or contact your Fitness Center.
You can begin the process by completing the Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q).
Using Onsite Fitness Facilities at Other Centers While on Travel
- Contact the primary NASA Center fitness facility point of contact (by phone or e-mail) to find out what is required for clearance to access the facility.
- Ask your Center's primary fitness facility point of contact to fax your clearance information to the destination Center. A completed (and current) PAR-Q and blood pressure check comprise the minimum clearance required by NASA for an employee to use a fitness facility.
- hours of operation
- location (ask to be sent a map or directions)
- types of equipment and facilities available
- whether a fee is required
- whether the buddy system applies
- a schedule of group exercise classes
- the availability of a publicly accessible website so that information about the fitness center can be reviewed beforehand
- Contact the NASA Fitness Program Coordinator if you experience any problems, need assistance, or have any questions Janine Hardin at 321-867-2423, email@example.com ).
Fitness Center Facility Managers
|ARC||Victor Gomez 650-604-5804 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|GRC||Robert Laws email@example.com|
|GSFC||Michael Ochranek 301-286-8404 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|HQ/OIG||Tanya Johnson 202-358-0138 email@example.com|
|JSC||Joseph Callahan firstname.lastname@example.org Other Website|
|KSC||Jessica Sapp 321-867-3414 email@example.com|
|LRC||Kelly Cox 757 864 2291 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|LRC||Jillian Russell 757-864-6388 email@example.com|
|MSFC||Bill Mayo 256-544-7564 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|SSC||William Scott Burks 228-688-3950 email@example.com|
|WSTF||Chris Bois 575-525-7505 Christopher.firstname.lastname@example.org|
|NOTE: Some websites might have restricted access|
Resources and Tools
- Aerobics and Fitness Association of America
- American College of Sports Medicine
- American Council on Exercise
- American Running Association
- CDC.s Benefits of Physical Activity
- CDC Health Statistics
- Cooper Institute (Health, Fitness, Nutrition)
- Dietary Guidelines for Americans
- Exercise for Older Adults
- Food and Nutrition
- Harvard Public School of Health Nutrition Source
- Healthfinder Get Active
- Musculoskeletal exercises and guidance
- NIH Medline Plus Sports and Fitness
- National Center on Physical Activity and Disability
- National Center on Physical Activity and Disability - 14 Week Program
- NIH Go4Life Exercise and Physical Activity Website
- National Physical Activity Plan
- National Strength and Conditioning Association
- Physical Activity Guidelines