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NHM Health Focus:
Physical Fitness and Sports

May 2009

President's Challenge logo

Physical Fitness and Sports
 – Exercise and Physical Fitness (MedlinePlus, NIH)
 – Sports Fitness (MedlinePlus, NIH)
 – Physical Activity for Everyone (CDC)
 – Active at Any Size (WIN, NIDDK)

For Students
 – Play It Safe (BAM, CDC)
 – Meet the Challenge (BAM, CDC)
 – Why Exercise is Cool (Nemours Foundation)

For Teachers and Parents
 – Children and sports: Choices for all ages (Mayo Clinic)
 – Children's Need for Physical Activity: Fact Sheet (AHA)
 – Kids and Exercise (Nemours Foundation)
 – Leading Youth to Live Well (Fitness Forward)

Kids. Teens. Adults. Seniors. The President's Physical Fitness Challenge encourages all Americans to make being active a part of their everyday lives.

  • Physical activity among children and adolescents is important because of the related health benefits (cardio-respiratory function, blood pressure control, weight management, cognitive and emotional benefits).
  • The health risk posed by physical inactivity is almost as high as risk factors such as cigarette smoking, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.
  • The major barriers most people face when trying to increase physical activity are time, access to convenient facilities, and safe environments in which to be active.
  • Thirty to sixty minutes of activity broken into smaller segments of 10 or 15 minutes throughout the day has significant health benefits.
    President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports

A proven way to stay focused and improve physical fitness is to record your daily physical activity and fitness progress. Schools can register for the President's Fitness Challenge and use the online Fitness File to set up a Physical Fitness or Health Fitness program for their students, record students' test scores, and run fitness testing reports.

Individuals can download and print an Activity Log form or they can record fitness activities and review their progress online using "My Activity Log",

Access Excellence @ the National Health Museum has these resources related to physical fitness and sports:

Health Headquarters: Question of the Week - Exercise
Health Headquarters: Question of the Week - Choosing the Right Sport
Health Headquarters: Question of the Week - Organized Sports
Health Headquarters: Question of the Week - Who has time to exercise?
Health Headquarters: Question of the Week - Sports Injuries
Health Headquarters: Question of the Week - Good Sportsmanship


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