Get Moving in May!
May is not only National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, but it is also a great month to get moving! This observance month not only celebrates exercise and sport participation, but it also highlights the important benefits of being physically active, such as reducing your risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, and some types of cancer. Exercise can also help reduce stress, improve your mood, and strengthen your bones and muscles. With spring in full force and summer just around the corner, it is a perfect time to get outside and explore your city. Going on a walk or bike ride, trying rock-climbing, or even going for a swim at a local pool are great ways to incorporate physical activity into your lifestyle. Find accessible parks or trails near you to get moving outside. Have a fun, safe, and healthy summer by making physical activity a part of your daily routine. Learn more about ways to become more physically active by checking out the "Exercise and Fitness" category on our website.
Presidential Proclamation -- National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, 2016
Excerpt below--read the full proclamation at https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/04/27/presidential-proclamation-national-physical-fitness-and-sports-month.
For generations, sports have brought Americans of all ages together and helped us celebrate our country's competitive spirit. When we work to instill an appreciation for physical fitness in our people, we do more than honor an age-old tradition -- we take a critical step toward ensuring the prospect of a long and healthy life. During National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, we highlight the importance of staying active, and we encourage all Americans to partake in physical activity to maintain their health and well-being.
This year, we celebrate six decades since President Dwight Eisenhower established the President's Council on Youth Fitness, known today as the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition. The Council partners with the public, private, and non-profit sectors to empower people to lead healthy and active lives. Through their I Can Do It, You Can Do It! program, the Council facilitates physical activity for individuals with disabilities and offers opportunities for regular exercise at sites across our country. My Administration's Go4Life campaign is motivating older Americans to recommit to making exercise a part of their daily lives. And First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative continues to inspire a rising generation to eat healthily and get plenty of physical activity so they can grow up strong and pursue their dreams. For more information on my Administration's actions to promote sports and physical fitness -- and for ways you can get involved -- visit www.Fitness.gov and www.LetsMove.gov.