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May is National Physical Fitness & Sports Month
May 2012 – National Physical Fitness and Sports Month is a time for all Americans to focus on living a healthy lifestyle. Today in America, nearly one-third of all children and two-thirds of adults are either overweight or obese. With the growing obesity epidemic now affecting over 72 million Americans, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is focused on prevention through an array of programs and initiatives to ensure that healthy options and quality healthcare are available to all Americans. In May, the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN) will ramp up its efforts to educate and engage the public about the important role physical activity and good nutrition play in improving the health, productivity and security of our Nation. These lifelong habits may also reduce the risk of chronic illnesses associated with obesity, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer. Read more
National Physical Education and Sport Week is May 1 - 7
This year’s theme for National Physical Education and Sport Week (May 1-7) is Let’s Move in School (LMIS). This national initiative encourages an increase in physical activity before, during, and after school. All U.S. schools are invited to help children achieve 60 minutes of movement per day, which will help improve their health and academic performance. Help your school moving by implementing a Kids Run the Nation program today. Learn more about Kids Run the Nation.
Track your families physical activity progress through Together Counts
Together Counts is a nationwide program inspiring active and healthy living. The principle behind our program is Energy Balance, which means balancing the calories we consume with the calories we burn. Calories in, calories out. It’s that simple. Together Counts was started by The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, a CEO–led organization, that is a national, multi-year effort designed to help reduce obesity–especially childhood obesity–by 2015. Learn more at Together Counts.
May is the best time to start planning your RUN@WORK Day event
On September 21, 2012, the RRCA will present the 7th Annual RUN@WORK Day, a nationwide effort to encourage adults to get 30-minutes of exercise each day in accordance with the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Company-based wellness programs, human resources departments, running clubs, running events, running shoe stores, and individuals nationwide are encouraged to plan fun runs and walks around the country with their employers. The events can either be planned before work, during lunch, or immediately following work. RUN@WORK Day encourages companies to help employees schedule time for physical activity. To help you plan your RUN@WORK Day event, the RRCA created the RUN@WORK Day Planning Kit and Fact Sheet. Learn more about RUN@WORK Day.