Russia's concern about lack of exercise
|James H. Rimmer, Ph.D., Director|
Wow. I can remember not too long ago reading articles about the build up of nuclear weapons and the chilling reality of the Cold War. Now we have articles appearing on the front page of the New York Times where the regional governor of Krasnodar (a province in Russia) issued a statement urging residents to exercise for "the honor of the collective; the honor of the territory; the honor of the country." And in St. Petersburg, Russia, Mr. Putin's hometown, the governor ordered his aides to prepare a fitness program for all 6,000 government workers! Last May the Russian people, in a display of support for Mr. Putin's exercise initiative, organized a "Walking Together" campaign. Thousands of people walked to a Moscow square as a show of solidarity for their President's exercise campaign (By the way, President Putin is a master in judo and an avid skier. Our own President Bush is also an avid exerciser.).
I am convinced that in this new century, exercise will be considered one of the most favorable and prescribed "pharmaceuticals" for curing the nation's ills, including heart disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, depression, stress and loneliness. The National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability (NCHPAD) has a mission similar to President Putin's, with the primary difference being that our goal is directed at the world's citizens with disabilities. We hope that you find what you need on our website and if you have any questions or suggestions, please don't hesitate to give us a call.