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May National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition

National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

Regular physical activity is good for everyone’s health, and people of all ages and body types can be physically active. National Physical Fitness and Sports Month is a great time to spread the word about the benefits of getting active.

Here are just a few benefits of physical activity:

  • Children and adolescents – Physical activity can improve muscular fitness, bone health, and heart health.
  • Adults – Physical activity can lower the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer.
  • Older adults – Physical activity can lower the risk of falls and improve cognitive functioning (like learning and judgment skills).

Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to create opportunities for everyone to get more physical activity.

How can National Physical Fitness and Sports Month make a difference?

We can use this month to raise awareness about the benefits of physical activity — and spread the word about fun ways to get moving!

Here are just a few ideas:

  • Encourage families to make small changes, like taking a walk after dinner or going for a bike ride.
  • Motivate teachers and administrators to make physical activity a part of every student’s day.
  • Identify youth leaders in the community who can talk to their peers about the importance of being active.

How can I help spread the word?

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Get the Word Out

  Sample Tweets

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month! Find out how you can #GetActive this month: http://bit.ly/2kxuUC9

#PhysicalActivity can improve your sleep and help you look your best. Learn more about the benefits: http://1.usa.gov/XS2YlT

Is physical activity for everyone? The answer is yes! Find out why: http://1.usa.gov/129s5HM.

Fitness Tip: Start slow! Then add a little more activity each time you exercise. For more tips: http://bit.ly/2foDqhe

Take steps to #GetActive! Find out what kind & how much #PhysicalActivity you need each week: http://1.usa.gov/14vkhzB

Feeling busy this week? Try these tips to build more active time into your busy schedule: http://bit.ly/1uoHJe8

Interested in how organizations promote #PhysicalActivity? Follow the Be Active Your Way blog to stay up to date: http://bit.ly/1mx5AHk

Add the Be Active Your Way health widget to your website to share quick tips for increasing #PhysicalActivity: http://1.usa.gov/1htQBrM

Follow @fitnessgov on Twitter for the latest news and events from the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition!

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) E-cards

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Get Involved

Take action to promote physical fitness in your community.

  1. Be a community leader. Encourage community groups and families to support physical activity programs for kids.
  2. Host an information night featuring community members who have increased their physical activity. Ask people to share their stories and tips for success.
  3. Motivate others to increase their physical activity and healthy eating habits by joining the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA+) program.
  4. Ask fitness facilities to offer discounted memberships or free guest passes. Work together to share free information about physical fitness and health.

Adapted from the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, & Nutrition and healthfinder.gov.
For more information and materials, contact the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition at fitness@hhs.gov.

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