National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & 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 – Improve muscular fitness, bone health, and heart health
  • Adults – Lower the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer
  • Older adults – 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?

We’ve made it easier for you to make a difference. This toolkit is full of ideas to help you take action today. For example:

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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:

#DYK? Physical activity can help prevent heart disease and improve your sleep. And it has other benefits, too! Learn more:

Q: Is physical activity for everyone? A: Yes! Find out why:

Fitness tip: Start slow! Then add a little more activity each time #GetActive. Get more tips:

Take steps to #GetActive today! Find out how much #PhysicalActivity you need and learn what counts:

Feeling busy this week? Try these tips to build more #PhysicalActivity into your busy schedule:

Help spread the word about the benefits of #PhysicalActivity! Share these tools and resources with your community today:

Add the Move Your Way health widget to your website to share quick tips for increasing #PhysicalActivity:

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

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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 Sports, Fitness & Nutrition and
For more information and materials, contact the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition at

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