NATIONAL PHYSICAL FITNESS AND SPORTS MONTH, 2015
Statement by: Shellie Pfohl, Executive Director
President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition
May 1, 2015 - National Physical Fitness and Sports Month is the ideal time for every American to take steps to improve our health by engaging in a healthier and more active lifestyle. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, it is vital that both adults and children participate in daily physical activity. The longer days and warmer weather we enjoy beginning in May remind us to get out, get active, and continue to make significant strides toward improving the health and well-being of our nation.
This year marks the 5th anniversary of Let’s Move!, an initiative launched by First Lady Michelle Obama to end childhood obesity within a generation and create a brighter future for our nation’s youth. The theme for the Let’s Move! 5th anniversary is “Celebrate, Challenge, Champion!” During this anniversary year, the First Lady encourages all Americans to celebrate our achievements, challenge ourselves to dig deep and do even more to stay healthy, and asks us to continue to champion staying active and moving forward, with focus, on ways we can sustain our efforts.
To commemorate this milestone, the First Lady is also inspiring all Americans to #GimmeFive! Mrs. Obama is challenging everyone to show five things they are doing to lead a healthier life and give out high-fives when they see someone making healthy choices. The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN) encourages the entire nation to partake in #GimmeFive throughout May to celebrate National Physical Fitness and Sports Month!
The President’s Council proudly serves as federal lead for Let’s Move! Active Schools, a sub-initiative of Let’s Move!. Let’s Move! Active Schools is a comprehensive program that empowers school champions – physical education and classroom teachers, principals, administrators, and parents – to create active environments that enable all students to get moving and reach their full potential. Reaching over 15,000 schools and impacting the lives of over eight million youth across the country, Let’s Move! Active Schools is helping to ensure 60 minutes of physical activity is the new normal for schools. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found that “Active Kids Do Better.” When students are active it can lead to higher test scores, improved attendance, increased focus, better behavior in class, lower rates of childhood obesity, and a lifetime of healthy habits. So if your child’s school is not yet a Let’s Move! Active School, work with the school to sign up now at www.letsmoveschools.org.
As we move through National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, there are many activities that are readily available to help make May a productive and active month. The President’s Council urges all of us to find activities that we enjoy and earn a Presidential Active Lifestyle Award, also known as PALA+ because it promotes physical activity AND good nutrition. It takes both to lead a healthy lifestyle. By being active and setting healthy eating goals during this six-week program, all Americans can work toward tackling obesity one step at a time.
To learn more about National Physical Fitness and Sports Month and for tips on how to get active and eat healthy, visit http://www.fitness.gov.
To sign up for PALA+, visit https://www.presidentschallenge.org.
To learn more about Let’s Move! Active Schools visit http://www.letsmoveschools.org/.
For more information about the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, visit http://www.health.gov/paguidelines/.
Find information on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010, at http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/.