Get Fit GP: May 2014 Spotlight


National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

Learn how you and your family can get fit during National Physical Fitness and Sports Month: New eventsparks and trails to explore, activities for kids, healthy recipes, and more. And don't forget to take the health pledge for a chance to win prizes.

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In May we focus on National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. What a great time to spread the word about the benefits of getting active.

Here are just some of the benefits of physical activity:

  • Children and Adolescents – Physical activity can improve muscular fitness and bone and heart health.
  • Adults – Physical activity can lower risk for 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 judgment and learning).

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend that people:

  • Aim for 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week.
    Moderate activity includes things like walking fast, dancing, swimming, and raking leaves.
  • Do muscle-strengthening activities-like lifting weights and using exercise bands- at least twice a week.

Here are just a few ideas:

  • Encourage family to make small changes, like taking a walk after dinner.
  • Motivate teachers and administrators to make schools healthier by making sure physical activity is 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.

Source: Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion/ U.S. Department of Health and Human Services