To help more kids and families get moving and make exercise a lifelong habit, President Barack Obama has declared May 2013 National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. This month is aimed at helping families make healthy choices and bring exercise into their daily lives.
Both children and adults can benefit from physical activity. For the younger generations, not only is there an improvement to their health, but their ability to learn and succeed later in life also increases through exercise and physical activity. Physical activity can improve muscular fitness, bone and heart health, reduce their risk of heart disease and improve cognitive functioning.
Communities, schools, health professionals and families can work together to create greater opportunities for physical activity. National Physical Fitness and Sports Month can raise awareness about the benefits of physical activity.
Some ways to help promote National Physical Fitness and Sports Month from a recent article are:
1.) Encourage families to make small changes, like taking a walk after dinner.
2.) Motivate teachers and administrators to make schools healthier by ensuring physical activity is a part of every student’s day.
3.) Identify youth leaders in the community who can talk to their peers about the importance of being active.
Other physical activity recommendations and strategies to increase physical activity at home, in the community, and at school or in the workplace can be found by visiting http://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/index.html.
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