Get Moving for Your Health in May
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Contact: Tammy G. Love
Director of Marketing & Medical Staff Development
Phone: (336) 651-8116
Wilkes Regional Medical Center teams up with the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports to Get Active and Fit in May.
May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. This year, the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports to challenge Americans to get moving for health and to get active and fit during May Month.
According to Melissa Johnson, executive director of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, which started National Physical Activity and Sports Month in 1983, "Americans of all ages need to incorporate more movement in their daily lives. Adults need at least 30 minutes of activity 5 days each week. This can be done by choosing to bike or walk instead of driving, taking stairs instead of elevators, or pushing a lawnmower instead of riding one. Children need at least 60 minutes of active play daily. They need to run, climb, jump, and just get up and move around, away from their desks, the television and computer games." During 2006, the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports celebrates 50 years of service to the nation (1956-2006).
Twenty minutes of vigorous physical activity three times a week, such as sports, aerobics, working out in the gym, and running, have added health benefits. Johnson says, "But it's important to understand that you don't need to sweat in a gym or run a marathon to reap the health benefits of daily physical activity. Even 30 minutes a day, broken up into shorter increments of ten or fifteen minutes, can greatly improve your health."
For more information about National Physical Fitness and Sports Month and for information about the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, go to www.fitness.gov. To start a physical activity and fitness program, log on to www.presidentschallenge.org and sign up to take the President's Challenge.
The Wellness Center of Wilkes Regional Medical Center has a variety of adult exercise programs for all ages and fitness levels. To learn more about what the Wellness Center offers, click here or call 903-7800 for more information.