Inspire a Healthier Community through Service for MLK Day of Service

Fitness, Nutrition | January, 11 2016

Each year on the third Monday of January our country honors the extraordinary legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King helped lead this country through the way he served. He is a vital figure of the modern era and a pivotal figure in the Civil Rights Movement. The strength of his legacy lies in how he served his community and this country. As such, MLK Day is observed as more than a federal holiday. It is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a "day on, not a day off."

The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President's national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. On this day our country pays tribute to Dr. King by taking on service activities that empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, create solutions to social problems, and move us closer to Dr. King's vision of a "Beloved Community." The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition encourages you to answer the call to serve next Monday on MLK Day. There are endless opportunities to be involved. Thanks to the Corporation for National Community Service there are several resources to help, including toolkits that enable you to use this day of service to promote healthy and active living.

If you are looking for ideas to not only follow in Dr. King’s example of service, but to support Americans in living healthier and active lifestyles, explore some of these ideas:

We look forward to the nation engaging in an active “day on!”  We invite you to share your story on how you serve on, on the MLK Day Facebook pageExit Disclaimer, or by sending an email to Your stories will help highlight the many ways Americans are honoring Dr. King through service, improving lives, and making a difference in our communities.

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