NHM Health Focus: National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
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
- 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.
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
Access Excellence @ the National Health Museum has these resources related to physical fitness and sports:
Health Headquarters: Question of the Week - Organized Sports
Health Headquarters: Question of the Week - Exercise
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