Government Gets Healthy


Government Book Talk presents its first guest blogger!

My name is Kelly Seifert. I’ve been with GPO for nine years, working on initiatives for the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). You may know me from the recent “GPO Takes to the Streets” promotional videos: Most of my work centers on promoting the FDLP. I’m fascinated by the wide range of unique and intriguing Government documents out there and I’m always in search of interesting titles.

As I’ve heard more and more about the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” campaign to fight childhood obesity, I started to wonder what kinds of information resources were available from the Government on health and nutrition. It turns out there are plenty!

Thinking about childhood obesity, one document particularly stuck out. In 1995, the National Cancer Institute put out an educational game called, “Slam Your Way to Good Health by Eating Five Fruits and Vegetables a Day!” The game came with pop-out disks depicting healthy, tasty foods. Players took turns “slamming” or throwing down the disks and collecting the ones that landed face-up. What a neat way to teach kids about nutrition!

While currently out of print, you can easily access this game by visiting your local Federal depository library. Locate a library in your area here.

Looking at the Slam game made me curious to see what else was available from the Government on healthy living. What I found was pretty cool. There are resources available for all ages. Here are a few… 1) Healthy People 2010: Understanding and Improving Health, 2) Pocket Guide to Staying Healthy at 50+, 3) The Healthy Woman: A Complete Guide for All Ages, 4) Be Active Your Way: A Guide for Adults, and 5) MyPyramid: Steps To A Healthier You (Poster)…and the list goes on and on!

Learn more about “Let’s Move” at

14 Responses to Government Gets Healthy

  1. Sherrie W says:

    I enjoy looking through a post that can make men and women
    think. Also, many thanks for allowing me to comment!

  2. ke website says:

    Hi Kelly, Good post. Kudos to GovBookTalk for bringing over a FDLP person to talk about books. And for the library links I’ve been seeing in other posts.

    And of course, for the great selection of books you come across.

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  4. noclegi szczawnica says:

    No traffic, fast food, TV, computer, soft drinks, here are the cause of obesity among most Americans. And not only, truth is that really all you can eat, but you have a lot to move, run, cycling, mountain-grown tourism thanks man will be slim :-)

  5. Dreena Dixon says:

    Your blog was very helpful. Unfortunately, there is no FDL near me. Can the Slam your way game be sent to my local library in Suffern, NY. I would like to use it with a group of students who want to stay active this summer.

  6. Daniel Cornwall says:

    Hi Kelly, Good post. Kudos to GovBookTalk for bringing over a FDLP person to talk about books. And for the library links I’ve been seeing in other posts.

    And of course, for the great selection of books you come across.

  7. STEVE HERMAN says:


  8. neal weintraub says:

    Fast food is the killer along with soda pop. Just cut out both for a week.

  9. govbooktalk says:

    Another good source of information is the Administration on Aging:

  10. Sareen Gerson says:

    With baby boomers not just retiring but thinking about moving or NOT moving: has the Government published any plans for remodelling homes to accommodate the SENIORS amongst us?

  11. Joe McNeill says:

    This fits right in with what I’m doing as a plus 50 person — I am a member of Weight Watchers International and attend weekly meetings. They promote some of the same things mentioned in these documents. Thanks for calling information like this to everyone’s attention who is trying to stay healthy.

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