May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

National Physical Fitness and Sports Month is a great time to spread the word about the benefits of getting active. Getting regular physical activity can benefit everyone – children, adolescents, and adults alike. 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).

We can all use this month to raise awareness about the benefits of physical activity –at home and in the community. Here are just a few ideas:

Encourage families 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.

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