Why Americans Should ‘Take a Hike’

Jennifer Pharr Davis

No matter who you are or where you live, there’s a hike within reach and a world of benefits to tap into. Many of us think hiking has to take place in the mountains by a beautiful lake or in a gorgeous meadow filled with wildflowers. And many people picture a bearded mountain man in a flannel shirt who’s carrying an enormous pack — with a tin cup and some climbing rope dangling off the back. You certainly can hike in the mountains, and you can be a bearded “mountain man” sporting a flannel shirt. But that’s a very narrow description of hiking. Really, a hike is just a long walk, and it can happen anywhere — from mountain trails to paths through your own neighborhood. We’re all hiking a lot more than we think. And we can do it in a lot more places than we think.

Two New Co-Chairs of the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition Sworn in

President's Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition

This past week, HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra had the pleasure of swearing in two new co-chairs of the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition (PCSFN). Culinary Innovator, educator, and humanitarian José Andrés and WNBA Player and Olympic Gold Medalist Elena Delle Donne were both appointed this spring by the President to two-year terms. This past week, they took the oath of their office in a small ceremony at HHS headquarters in Washington, DC.

New Members Appointed to the National Fitness Foundation’s Board of Directors

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U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra has appointed eight new members to the Board of Directors of the National Fitness Foundation (Foundation). The Foundation collaborates with the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition and identifies strategic priorities to further the purposes and functions of the President’s Council. The Board is charged with providing the overall strategic direction related to the Foundation’s vision, mission, program scope, resource allocation, and investment philosophy.