?>
Category:
Resource / President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition
#0to60 Challenge: The fastest way to living healthy starts right now!

Start your journey by taking the #0to60 Challenge today!

By joining the #0to60 Challenge we want you to experience your healthiest life! Over the next 60 days (June-July) we challenge you to be active your way. You can increase your daily physical activity, or make delicious, nutritious meals. This #0to60 Challenge is for everyone - fitness beginners, weekend warriors, athletes, kids, and families. The Challenge was designed to inspire all Americans to accelerate their journey to a healthy lifestyle by going #0to60 every day.

Being a part of the #0to60 Challenge is easy - make the commitment to 60 days of healthier living today! Whether it’s gardening, playing sports, or cooking meals with your family, it all adds up to living healthier!

Not sure how to get started? We’ve got you covered. You’ve already taken the first step – you’re here!  Now all you have to do is get up, get out and get active!

There are a variety of physical activity tips and healthy eating resources here and on www.fitness.gov to help you on your journey.

 


Extra Motivation at Your Fingertips!

Here are a few ways to keep the momentum going strong throughout the #0to60 Challenge:

  • Browse the Fitness and Nutrition tips on 0to60fitness.org for suggestions to be active and eat healthy.

 


Earn Recognition for Stepping Up to the #0to60 Challenge!

Now that you’re on the fast track to living healthy, your hard work and dedication should be celebrated—and we have the perfect way to recognize your progress!

The Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA+) is a free eight-week program that promotes regular physical activity and good nutrition, because it takes both to lead a healthy lifestyle!

PALA+ helps you set and track your weekly physical activity and healthy eating goals using SuperTracker online, or by using the PALA+ Paper Log. Complete all of the goal requirements in weeks six, seven, or eight to earn the PALA+ or PALA+ Premium Award!

 


Share Your Journey and Inspire Others to Go #0to60!

Inspire others to join the #0to60 Challenge and start their own journey to better health!

Whether it’s Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, leverage the power of social media to share your photos and videos of how you lead a healthy lifestyle. Don’t forget to follow @FitnessGov on Twitter and include #0to60 in all of your posts!

Below are a few examples of how you can share your #0to60 journey on social media:

Twitter   @FitnessGov

  • Join me & @FitnessGov as we take the journey to living healthy every day with #0to60. Learn more: 0to60fitness.org
  • .@FitnessGov I go #0to60 by [ADD ACTIVITY/INSERT PHOTO OR VIDEO]

Facebook    National Fitness Foundation

  • My family and I [ADD ACTIVITY/INSERT PHOTO OR VIDEO] today. Going #0to60 is fun and easy
  • #0to60 Challenge accepted! I/I’m [ADD ACTIVITY/INSERT PHOTO OR VIDEO]. Who’s with me? <insert selfie taken after completing a workout>
Hide
Resource / President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition
Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA+)

PALA+, a program of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, promotes physical activity and good nutrition, because it takes both to lead a healthy lifestyle. Start the eight-week program to help you maintain or improve your health. It's a great way to help manage and reach your health goals. Anyone age 6 and older can sign up for PALA+.

Participation in PALA+ is one way to move toward the recommendations in the latest Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans and Dietary Guidelines for Americans. PALA+ can help you:

  • Develop a commitment to regular physical activity
  • Move toward a healthier eating pattern
  • Set realistic goals to encourage good physical activity and healthy eating habits for a lifetime
  • Track your progress in a fun, interactive way using SuperTracker’s Physical Activity Tracker and Food Tracker

The latest PALA+ update was released in March 2017. The PALA+ healthy eating goals have been refreshed to reflect new guidance from the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The program completion requirements have also been updated to allow users to make incremental progress at their own pace towards healthy eating goals that they select and the physical activity goals based on their age.

 

PALA+ on SuperTracker

PALA+ is now on SuperTracker, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's free online food and activity tracking tool. For the first time, PALA+ participants will have the ability to log individual food items and physical activities on their SuperTracker profile to achieve the program’s goals. Sign up for an eight-week PALA+ program on SuperTracker today: https://www.supertracker.usda.gov/PalaPlus.aspx

New PALA+ Premium Award! Earn the new PALA+ Premium Award by completing the physical activity and healthy eating goal requirements in weeks 6, 7, and 8 on SuperTracker. This new PALA+ award is for individuals who take an extra step towards establishing healthy habits for a lifetime, and is exclusive to completing PALA+ on SuperTracker

PALA+ Paper Log

The PALA+ program can also be completed anytime, anywhere by using our paper log! This version of PALA+ has also been updated and reaching your program goals will earn you the PALA+ award. Use this hard copy log to track your progress. You can download the paper log at any time: https://www.fitness.gov/pdfs/pala-plus.pdf

 

Click below for more information about the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA+) and how to participate in the program on SuperTracker or via the paper log.

Hide
Resource / Presidential Youth Fitness Program
Presidential Youth Fitness Program

Remember the fitness test from gym class in elementary school? Well, good news; it's new and improved!

The Presidential Youth Fitness Program is the national fitness education and assessment program that offers Presidential recognition to schools and students. The program provides a model to help schools achieve excellence in physical education through quality fitness education and assessment practices. 

Ensure your kids are fit for life. Click below to see how your local school can get Presidential Youth Fitness Program tools and resources. 

Hide
Resource / President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition
National Physical Fitness & Sports Month

It’s National Physical Fitness & Sports Month! The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition is excited to keep the journey from #0to60 going by encouraging everyone to #MoveInMay.

This May, stay motivated with the President's Council's Presidential Champions and Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA+) programs! Each program allows you to track your daily physical activity and earn awards.

There are countless ways to get moving and we are asking our partners to help us inspire all Americans to be active. We’ve created this #MoveInMay Playbook where you can find themes, tips and motivational messages that you can promote throughout the month. You can also get ideas to #MoveInMay and every day here at 0to60fitness.org!

 

Play #1: Spread the Word about National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
Play #2: National PE & Sport Week (May 1-7)
Play #3: Get Ready for Bike to School Day (May 10)
Play #4: Motivate Women to Be Active for National Women's Health Week (May 14-20)
Play #5: Celebrate the I Can Do It, You Can Do It! Anniversary (May 21)
Play #6: Senior Health & Fitness Day (May 31)

 

PLAY #1:
SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT NATIONAL PHYSICAL FITNESS AND SPORTS MONTH

#MoveInMay for National Physical Fitness & Sports Month. Get @FitnessGov's tips to #MoveInMay & every day at 0to60fitness.org.

Twitter

  • May is Natl Physical Fitness & Sports Month! Get out, get active & show how you #MoveInMay #0to60
  • Follow @FitnessGov during Natl Physical Fitness & Sports Month for tips on being active & healthy #MoveInMay #0to60
  • Need ideas to celebrate Natl Physical Fitness & Sports Month? Check out @FitnessGov #MoveInMay Playbook: https://go.usa.gov/x58mx
  • Get inspired to be active during Natl Physical Fitness & Sports Month and beyond! See tips from @FitnessGov: https://go.usa.gov/x58mx

Facebook

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month! Get inspired to #MoveInMay with the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutriton. Visit https://go.usa.gov/x58mx. #MoveInMay #0to60

Graphic

Share the image below in your social media messages. Be sure to tag @Fitnessgov and use the hashtags #MoveInMay & #0to60. Click the image to enlarge.

#Move In May for National Physical Fitness & Sports Month. Get @FitnessGov's Tips to #MoveInMay & Every Day at 0to60fitness.org


 

PLAY #2:
NATIONAL PE & SPORT WEEK (MAY 1-7)

National PE & Sport Week graphic with text description below

Twitter

  • It's PE & #Sport Week. Celebrate by getting in the game. Go play! #MoveInMay #0to60 
  • DYK: Active kids do better! #MoveInMay w/ #sports + PE. #0to60

Facebook

It's National PE & Sport Week! DYK: Physical education and sports can help kids perform better in and out of school. Help kids thrive by encouraging them to be active. #MoveInMay #0to60

Graphic

Share the image to the right in your social media messages. Be sure to tag @Fitnessgov and use the hashtags #MoveInMay & #0to60. Click the image to enlarge.


 

PLAY #3:
GET READY FOR BIKE TO SCHOOL DAY (MAY 10)

Bike to School Day Tips graphic with text description below

Twitter

  • Today is Natl Bike to School Day! Take part, be smart, and most importantly be active! #MoveInMay #0to60
  • Wishing all the riders a fun and safe Natl Bike to School Day! Enjoy your ride to school. #MoveInMay #0to60

Facebook

Are you ready to ride? It’s National Bike to School Day! Enjoy a day of safe travels and physical activity #MoveInMay #0to60

Graphic

Share the image to the right in your social media messages and be sure to tag @Fitnessgov and use the hashtags #MoveInMay and #0to60. Click the image to enlarge.

Text alternative for the National Bike to School Day graphic:
@FitnessGov tips to go from #0to60 on Bike to School Day: Check your bike -- Make sure your ties are inflated and brakes work properly. Adjust the fit -- Adjust your bike seat and handle bars to best fit you. Safety first -- Strap on your helmet and make sure it's secure. Make it a group ride -- Ask parents and friends to ride with you. Pay attention -- watch out for hazards and obey street signs.


 

PLAY #4:
MOTIVATE WOMEN TO BE ACTIVE FOR NATIONAL WOMEN'S HEALTH WEEK (MAY 14-20)

National Women's Health Week Physical Activity Tips graphic with text description below

Twitter

  • Ladies, be active at every age! Exercise supports your health throughout life. #NWHW #MoveinMay womenshealth.gov/nwhw/
  • Attention women! Are you bored w/your exercise routine? Try something new like, tennis or hiking #NWHW womenshealth.gov/nwhw/ #MoveInMay
  • Women need 2.5 hrs of moderate activity every wk. Get ideas to get moving: https://go.usa.gov/x58mx #MoveInMay #NWHW
  • We make 200 food decisions a day. Make the next choice a healthy choice: womenshealth.gov/nwhw/ #MoveInMay #NWHW

Facebook

  • It’s National Women’s Health Week! Challenge yourself to be active. Don’t be afraid to try a new activity, like hiking or tennis. For more: go.usa.gov/3WyEH #NWHW #MoveInMay
  • Find how to improve and maintain your health at any age: go.usa.gov/3WyEH. #NWHW #MoveInMay

National Women's Health Week Healthy Eating Tips graphic with text description below.

Graphic

Share the images to the right in your social media messages and be sure to tag @Fitnessgov and use the hashtags #NWHW, #MoveInMay and/or #0to60. Click the image to enlarge.

Text alternative for National Women's Health Week physical activity graphic:
5 @FitnessGov Tips to Help You #MoveInMay & Every Day: Vary your activities & you'll never be bored. Walk, bike, dance - just move! Break things up -- try a few short 10-minute activities during the day. Schedule time to be active just like you schedule appointments. Turn activities into social occasions by inviting friends. If you have children, join them for active playtime.

Text alternative for National Women's Health Week healthy eating graphic:
Did you know? We make 200 decisions about food each day. @FitnessGov has tips to help you move to healthier eating choices: Eat whole-grain bread instead of white bread, and brown rice instead of white rice. Try whole fruit, like apples and oranges, instead of fruit bars or fruit-flavored snacks. Drink water, seltzer, or unsweetened tea instead of energy or fruit drinks or soda. Visit WomensHealth.Gov for more on #NWHW


 

PLAY #5:
CELEBRATE THE I CAN DO IT, YOU CAN DO IT! ANNIVERSARY (MAY 21)

I Can Do It, You Can Do It! Anniversary graphic with text description below

Twitter

Happy 4th Anniversary #ICDI! Learn about what #InclusionMeans: 1.usa.gov/Sg7lMI #ICDI

Facebook

All kids and adults deserve opportunities to be active and eat healthy. But did you know that people with disabilities get less physical activity and have higher obesity rates? Learn how you can make a difference in community with #ICDI: www.fitness.gov

Graphic

Share the image to the right in your social media messages. Be sure to tag @Fitnessgov and use the hashtags #ICDI, #MoveInMay & #0to60. Click the image to enlarge.

Text alternative for I Can Do It, You Can Do It! Anniversary graphic:
@FitnessGov is celebrating! 4 years of creating opportunities for ALL to be active & eat healthy. 130 ICDI sites in 36 states across the U.S. 15,000 teachers, students & volunteers trained. 400,000 individuals with disability and their families impacted.


 

PLAY #6:
SENIOR HEALTH & FITNESS DAY (MAY 31)

May is also Older Americans Month!

Senior Health and Fitness Day graphic with text description below

Twitter

  • Happy Senior Health & Fitness Day! Learn more about healthy aging in action from @surgeon_general: http://bit.ly/2jC2t2J #MoveInMay #0to60
  • It’s Older Americans Month! For info about keeping older Americans active & healthy, visit @NIAGo4Life. https://go4life.nia.nih.gov/

Facebook

Happy Senior Health & Fitness Day! Learn more about healthy aging in action from the @USSurgeonGeneral report: http://bit.ly/2jC2t2J #MoveInMay #0to60

Graphic

Share the image to the right in your social media messages and be sure to tag @Fitnessgov and use the hashtags #MoveInMay and #0to60. Click the image to enlarge.

Text alternative for Senior Health & Fitness Day graphic:
4 exercise types you need to know to move & age with grace: Flexibility exercise to stretch your muscles & help you stay limber; Endurance activities to increase your breathing and heart rate; Strength exercises to make your muscles stronger; Balance exercises to help prevent falls, a common problem in older adults.

 

Now that you know the plays, we hope you're ready to get in the game! Stay tuned to Fitness.gov for information on National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. Be sure to visit our blog throughout May for the latest tips, ideas and announcements to #MoveInMay!

Hide
Resource / President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition
Physical Activity & Nutrition Resources for the Military Community

Did you know concerns about the lacking physical fitness of military draftees was a contributing factor to the formation of what is known today as the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition? It’s true!

These concerns and numerous published research articles in the mid-1950s detailing striking results about the poor state of youth fitness in America and relative to their European counterparts sounded an alarm. It was the subject of the June 1956 President’s Conference on Fitness of American at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. One month later, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued Executive Order 10673 creating the President’s Council on Youth Fitness at the cabinet-level. The Council was to be a facilitator and promoter to enhance the fitness of American youth and focused on creating public awareness and programs.

Sixty years later, our concern is not only for the physical fitness of military recruits, but for the overall health and wellness of the entire military community. The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition’s website features a collection of resources for service members, veterans, and their families to receive information on programs related to physical activity and nutrition.

Some featured physical activity and nutrition resources include:
    • 5210 Healthy Military Children U.S. Department of Defense & Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at The Pennsylvania State University
    • Military OneSource:  Website & Call Center – U.S. Department of Defense
    • Morale, Welfare and Recreation Programs:  Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, NavyU.S. Armed Forces
    • Performance TriadU.S. Army
    • VA Adaptive Sport ProgramU.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
    • YMCA | DOD Military Outreach InitiativeThe Y & U.S. Department of Defense

And many more! Click below to see the full list of featured physical activity and nutrition resources for the military community!
 

Hide
Resource / Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program
Sport for All, Play for Life: A Playbook to Get Every Kid in the Game

Over two years, Project Play convened 300+ thought leaders in a series of roundtables, identifying ways to get and keep all children through age 12 active through sports. This 50-page report, released in January 2015, aggregates the eight most promising strategies for the eight sectors that touch the lives of children. Supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Sport for All, Play for Life: A Playbook to Get Every Kid in the Game is a unifying document, collecting in one place the best opportunities for stakeholders—from sport leaders to mayors, parents to policymakers—to work together to grow access to an early, positive sport experience. 

Hide
Resource / President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition
#0to60 Challenge: The fastest way to living healthy starts right now!

Start your journey by taking the #0to60 Challenge today!

By joining the #0to60 Challenge we want you to experience your healthiest life! Over the next 60 days (June-July) we challenge you to be active your way. You can increase your daily physical activity, or make delicious, nutritious meals. This #0to60 Challenge is for everyone - fitness beginners, weekend warriors, athletes, kids, and families. The Challenge was designed to inspire all Americans to accelerate their journey to a healthy lifestyle by going #0to60 every day.

Being a part of the #0to60 Challenge is easy - make the commitment to 60 days of healthier living today! Whether it’s gardening, playing sports, or cooking meals with your family, it all adds up to living healthier!

Not sure how to get started? We’ve got you covered. You’ve already taken the first step – you’re here!  Now all you have to do is get up, get out and get active!

There are a variety of physical activity tips and healthy eating resources here and on www.fitness.gov to help you on your journey.

 


Extra Motivation at Your Fingertips!

Here are a few ways to keep the momentum going strong throughout the #0to60 Challenge:

  • Browse the Fitness and Nutrition tips on 0to60fitness.org for suggestions to be active and eat healthy.

 


Earn Recognition for Stepping Up to the #0to60 Challenge!

Now that you’re on the fast track to living healthy, your hard work and dedication should be celebrated—and we have the perfect way to recognize your progress!

The Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA+) is a free eight-week program that promotes regular physical activity and good nutrition, because it takes both to lead a healthy lifestyle!

PALA+ helps you set and track your weekly physical activity and healthy eating goals using SuperTracker online, or by using the PALA+ Paper Log. Complete all of the goal requirements in weeks six, seven, or eight to earn the PALA+ or PALA+ Premium Award!

 


Share Your Journey and Inspire Others to Go #0to60!

Inspire others to join the #0to60 Challenge and start their own journey to better health!

Whether it’s Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, leverage the power of social media to share your photos and videos of how you lead a healthy lifestyle. Don’t forget to follow @FitnessGov on Twitter and include #0to60 in all of your posts!

Below are a few examples of how you can share your #0to60 journey on social media:

Twitter   @FitnessGov

  • Join me & @FitnessGov as we take the journey to living healthy every day with #0to60. Learn more: 0to60fitness.org
  • .@FitnessGov I go #0to60 by [ADD ACTIVITY/INSERT PHOTO OR VIDEO]

Facebook    National Fitness Foundation

  • My family and I [ADD ACTIVITY/INSERT PHOTO OR VIDEO] today. Going #0to60 is fun and easy
  • #0to60 Challenge accepted! I/I’m [ADD ACTIVITY/INSERT PHOTO OR VIDEO]. Who’s with me? <insert selfie taken after completing a workout>
Hide
Resource / President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition
National Physical Fitness & Sports Month

It’s National Physical Fitness & Sports Month! The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition is excited to keep the journey from #0to60 going by encouraging everyone to #MoveInMay.

This May, stay motivated with the President's Council's Presidential Champions and Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA+) programs! Each program allows you to track your daily physical activity and earn awards.

There are countless ways to get moving and we are asking our partners to help us inspire all Americans to be active. We’ve created this #MoveInMay Playbook where you can find themes, tips and motivational messages that you can promote throughout the month. You can also get ideas to #MoveInMay and every day here at 0to60fitness.org!

 

Play #1: Spread the Word about National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
Play #2: National PE & Sport Week (May 1-7)
Play #3: Get Ready for Bike to School Day (May 10)
Play #4: Motivate Women to Be Active for National Women's Health Week (May 14-20)
Play #5: Celebrate the I Can Do It, You Can Do It! Anniversary (May 21)
Play #6: Senior Health & Fitness Day (May 31)

 

PLAY #1:
SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT NATIONAL PHYSICAL FITNESS AND SPORTS MONTH

#MoveInMay for National Physical Fitness & Sports Month. Get @FitnessGov's tips to #MoveInMay & every day at 0to60fitness.org.

Twitter

  • May is Natl Physical Fitness & Sports Month! Get out, get active & show how you #MoveInMay #0to60
  • Follow @FitnessGov during Natl Physical Fitness & Sports Month for tips on being active & healthy #MoveInMay #0to60
  • Need ideas to celebrate Natl Physical Fitness & Sports Month? Check out @FitnessGov #MoveInMay Playbook: https://go.usa.gov/x58mx
  • Get inspired to be active during Natl Physical Fitness & Sports Month and beyond! See tips from @FitnessGov: https://go.usa.gov/x58mx

Facebook

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month! Get inspired to #MoveInMay with the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutriton. Visit https://go.usa.gov/x58mx. #MoveInMay #0to60

Graphic

Share the image below in your social media messages. Be sure to tag @Fitnessgov and use the hashtags #MoveInMay & #0to60. Click the image to enlarge.

#Move In May for National Physical Fitness & Sports Month. Get @FitnessGov's Tips to #MoveInMay & Every Day at 0to60fitness.org


 

PLAY #2:
NATIONAL PE & SPORT WEEK (MAY 1-7)

National PE & Sport Week graphic with text description below

Twitter

  • It's PE & #Sport Week. Celebrate by getting in the game. Go play! #MoveInMay #0to60 
  • DYK: Active kids do better! #MoveInMay w/ #sports + PE. #0to60

Facebook

It's National PE & Sport Week! DYK: Physical education and sports can help kids perform better in and out of school. Help kids thrive by encouraging them to be active. #MoveInMay #0to60

Graphic

Share the image to the right in your social media messages. Be sure to tag @Fitnessgov and use the hashtags #MoveInMay & #0to60. Click the image to enlarge.


 

PLAY #3:
GET READY FOR BIKE TO SCHOOL DAY (MAY 10)

Bike to School Day Tips graphic with text description below

Twitter

  • Today is Natl Bike to School Day! Take part, be smart, and most importantly be active! #MoveInMay #0to60
  • Wishing all the riders a fun and safe Natl Bike to School Day! Enjoy your ride to school. #MoveInMay #0to60

Facebook

Are you ready to ride? It’s National Bike to School Day! Enjoy a day of safe travels and physical activity #MoveInMay #0to60

Graphic

Share the image to the right in your social media messages and be sure to tag @Fitnessgov and use the hashtags #MoveInMay and #0to60. Click the image to enlarge.

Text alternative for the National Bike to School Day graphic:
@FitnessGov tips to go from #0to60 on Bike to School Day: Check your bike -- Make sure your ties are inflated and brakes work properly. Adjust the fit -- Adjust your bike seat and handle bars to best fit you. Safety first -- Strap on your helmet and make sure it's secure. Make it a group ride -- Ask parents and friends to ride with you. Pay attention -- watch out for hazards and obey street signs.


 

PLAY #4:
MOTIVATE WOMEN TO BE ACTIVE FOR NATIONAL WOMEN'S HEALTH WEEK (MAY 14-20)

National Women's Health Week Physical Activity Tips graphic with text description below

Twitter

  • Ladies, be active at every age! Exercise supports your health throughout life. #NWHW #MoveinMay womenshealth.gov/nwhw/
  • Attention women! Are you bored w/your exercise routine? Try something new like, tennis or hiking #NWHW womenshealth.gov/nwhw/ #MoveInMay
  • Women need 2.5 hrs of moderate activity every wk. Get ideas to get moving: https://go.usa.gov/x58mx #MoveInMay #NWHW
  • We make 200 food decisions a day. Make the next choice a healthy choice: womenshealth.gov/nwhw/ #MoveInMay #NWHW

Facebook

  • It’s National Women’s Health Week! Challenge yourself to be active. Don’t be afraid to try a new activity, like hiking or tennis. For more: go.usa.gov/3WyEH #NWHW #MoveInMay
  • Find how to improve and maintain your health at any age: go.usa.gov/3WyEH. #NWHW #MoveInMay

National Women's Health Week Healthy Eating Tips graphic with text description below.

Graphic

Share the images to the right in your social media messages and be sure to tag @Fitnessgov and use the hashtags #NWHW, #MoveInMay and/or #0to60. Click the image to enlarge.

Text alternative for National Women's Health Week physical activity graphic:
5 @FitnessGov Tips to Help You #MoveInMay & Every Day: Vary your activities & you'll never be bored. Walk, bike, dance - just move! Break things up -- try a few short 10-minute activities during the day. Schedule time to be active just like you schedule appointments. Turn activities into social occasions by inviting friends. If you have children, join them for active playtime.

Text alternative for National Women's Health Week healthy eating graphic:
Did you know? We make 200 decisions about food each day. @FitnessGov has tips to help you move to healthier eating choices: Eat whole-grain bread instead of white bread, and brown rice instead of white rice. Try whole fruit, like apples and oranges, instead of fruit bars or fruit-flavored snacks. Drink water, seltzer, or unsweetened tea instead of energy or fruit drinks or soda. Visit WomensHealth.Gov for more on #NWHW


 

PLAY #5:
CELEBRATE THE I CAN DO IT, YOU CAN DO IT! ANNIVERSARY (MAY 21)

I Can Do It, You Can Do It! Anniversary graphic with text description below

Twitter

Happy 4th Anniversary #ICDI! Learn about what #InclusionMeans: 1.usa.gov/Sg7lMI #ICDI

Facebook

All kids and adults deserve opportunities to be active and eat healthy. But did you know that people with disabilities get less physical activity and have higher obesity rates? Learn how you can make a difference in community with #ICDI: www.fitness.gov

Graphic

Share the image to the right in your social media messages. Be sure to tag @Fitnessgov and use the hashtags #ICDI, #MoveInMay & #0to60. Click the image to enlarge.

Text alternative for I Can Do It, You Can Do It! Anniversary graphic:
@FitnessGov is celebrating! 4 years of creating opportunities for ALL to be active & eat healthy. 130 ICDI sites in 36 states across the U.S. 15,000 teachers, students & volunteers trained. 400,000 individuals with disability and their families impacted.


 

PLAY #6:
SENIOR HEALTH & FITNESS DAY (MAY 31)

May is also Older Americans Month!

Senior Health and Fitness Day graphic with text description below

Twitter

  • Happy Senior Health & Fitness Day! Learn more about healthy aging in action from @surgeon_general: http://bit.ly/2jC2t2J #MoveInMay #0to60
  • It’s Older Americans Month! For info about keeping older Americans active & healthy, visit @NIAGo4Life. https://go4life.nia.nih.gov/

Facebook

Happy Senior Health & Fitness Day! Learn more about healthy aging in action from the @USSurgeonGeneral report: http://bit.ly/2jC2t2J #MoveInMay #0to60

Graphic

Share the image to the right in your social media messages and be sure to tag @Fitnessgov and use the hashtags #MoveInMay and #0to60. Click the image to enlarge.

Text alternative for Senior Health & Fitness Day graphic:
4 exercise types you need to know to move & age with grace: Flexibility exercise to stretch your muscles & help you stay limber; Endurance activities to increase your breathing and heart rate; Strength exercises to make your muscles stronger; Balance exercises to help prevent falls, a common problem in older adults.

 

Now that you know the plays, we hope you're ready to get in the game! Stay tuned to Fitness.gov for information on National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. Be sure to visit our blog throughout May for the latest tips, ideas and announcements to #MoveInMay!

Hide
Resource / President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition
Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA+)

PALA+, a program of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, promotes physical activity and good nutrition, because it takes both to lead a healthy lifestyle. Start the eight-week program to help you maintain or improve your health. It's a great way to help manage and reach your health goals. Anyone age 6 and older can sign up for PALA+.

Participation in PALA+ is one way to move toward the recommendations in the latest Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans and Dietary Guidelines for Americans. PALA+ can help you:

  • Develop a commitment to regular physical activity
  • Move toward a healthier eating pattern
  • Set realistic goals to encourage good physical activity and healthy eating habits for a lifetime
  • Track your progress in a fun, interactive way using SuperTracker’s Physical Activity Tracker and Food Tracker

The latest PALA+ update was released in March 2017. The PALA+ healthy eating goals have been refreshed to reflect new guidance from the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The program completion requirements have also been updated to allow users to make incremental progress at their own pace towards healthy eating goals that they select and the physical activity goals based on their age.

 

PALA+ on SuperTracker

PALA+ is now on SuperTracker, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's free online food and activity tracking tool. For the first time, PALA+ participants will have the ability to log individual food items and physical activities on their SuperTracker profile to achieve the program’s goals. Sign up for an eight-week PALA+ program on SuperTracker today: https://www.supertracker.usda.gov/PalaPlus.aspx

New PALA+ Premium Award! Earn the new PALA+ Premium Award by completing the physical activity and healthy eating goal requirements in weeks 6, 7, and 8 on SuperTracker. This new PALA+ award is for individuals who take an extra step towards establishing healthy habits for a lifetime, and is exclusive to completing PALA+ on SuperTracker

PALA+ Paper Log

The PALA+ program can also be completed anytime, anywhere by using our paper log! This version of PALA+ has also been updated and reaching your program goals will earn you the PALA+ award. Use this hard copy log to track your progress. You can download the paper log at any time: https://www.fitness.gov/pdfs/pala-plus.pdf

 

Click below for more information about the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA+) and how to participate in the program on SuperTracker or via the paper log.

Hide
Resource / President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition
Physical Activity & Nutrition Resources for the Military Community

Did you know concerns about the lacking physical fitness of military draftees was a contributing factor to the formation of what is known today as the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition? It’s true!

These concerns and numerous published research articles in the mid-1950s detailing striking results about the poor state of youth fitness in America and relative to their European counterparts sounded an alarm. It was the subject of the June 1956 President’s Conference on Fitness of American at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. One month later, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued Executive Order 10673 creating the President’s Council on Youth Fitness at the cabinet-level. The Council was to be a facilitator and promoter to enhance the fitness of American youth and focused on creating public awareness and programs.

Sixty years later, our concern is not only for the physical fitness of military recruits, but for the overall health and wellness of the entire military community. The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition’s website features a collection of resources for service members, veterans, and their families to receive information on programs related to physical activity and nutrition.

Some featured physical activity and nutrition resources include:
    • 5210 Healthy Military Children U.S. Department of Defense & Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at The Pennsylvania State University
    • Military OneSource:  Website & Call Center – U.S. Department of Defense
    • Morale, Welfare and Recreation Programs:  Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, NavyU.S. Armed Forces
    • Performance TriadU.S. Army
    • VA Adaptive Sport ProgramU.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
    • YMCA | DOD Military Outreach InitiativeThe Y & U.S. Department of Defense

And many more! Click below to see the full list of featured physical activity and nutrition resources for the military community!
 

Hide
Resource / Presidential Youth Fitness Program
Presidential Youth Fitness Program

Remember the fitness test from gym class in elementary school? Well, good news; it's new and improved!

The Presidential Youth Fitness Program is the national fitness education and assessment program that offers Presidential recognition to schools and students. The program provides a model to help schools achieve excellence in physical education through quality fitness education and assessment practices. 

Ensure your kids are fit for life. Click below to see how your local school can get Presidential Youth Fitness Program tools and resources. 

Hide
Resource / Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program
Sport for All, Play for Life: A Playbook to Get Every Kid in the Game

Over two years, Project Play convened 300+ thought leaders in a series of roundtables, identifying ways to get and keep all children through age 12 active through sports. This 50-page report, released in January 2015, aggregates the eight most promising strategies for the eight sectors that touch the lives of children. Supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Sport for All, Play for Life: A Playbook to Get Every Kid in the Game is a unifying document, collecting in one place the best opportunities for stakeholders—from sport leaders to mayors, parents to policymakers—to work together to grow access to an early, positive sport experience. 

Hide