Embrace Activity During National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

President's Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition

Each May the U.S. observes National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. Since 1983, each President has publicly recognized and promoted the importance of physical activity to good overall health. This year, President Biden followed suit and issued a Proclamation commemorating this year’s observance, saying, “When we invest in our health, we foster healthy homes, more productive communities, and a more resilient society for generations to come.” With this in mind, now is the perfect time to evaluate your health and take steps (literally!) towards leading a more active lifestyle.

Apply to Become a National Youth Sports Strategy Champion!

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The National Youth Sports Strategy’s vision is that one day, all youth will have the opportunity, motivation, and access to play sports. To realize this vision, we need the help of partners from across the youth sports landscape. That’s why we are excited to invite you to become a National Youth Sports Strategy (NYSS) Champion.

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.