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National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

Posted By Colleen Dougherty, NC Recreation & Park Association, Monday, May 23, 2016

Happy Monday!

May is a month packed with various health awareness opportunities! Along with it being Global Employee Health & Fitness Month, it is also National Physical Fitness and Sports Month! This month is a great time to spread the word about the benefits of living a more active lifestyle.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services there are multiple benefits associated with physical activity ranging from children to older adults. A few examples of physical activity benefits include improving muscular fitness, bone health and heart health among children. Adults can also benefit from physical activity by lowering the risk of heart disease, type 2 disease, and some types of cancer. I can list plenty of other benefits, however we all know that physical activity can greatly improve anyone’s lifestyle!

So what can your department do? Spread the word about fun ways to get moving! Using social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest, you can encourage families in your community to take a walk in one of your local parks or register for a weekly outdoor program! Add additional information about physical activity to your monthly e-news or newsletters, tweet about benefits of physical activity and post pictures of community members being active during the month of May! There are plenty of ideas to get individuals motivated and exercising more during the summer months. For more information, be sure to check out NCRPA’s Physical Activity Programs webpage to gather more tips and advice. 

Please stay tuned for the next webinar tomorrow, Tuesday, May 24th at 1:00pm. The webinar will be hosted by Rob Smith of Garner Recreation and Cultural Resources. This webinar will discuss how communities and organizations are recognizing the importance of park and recreation professionals when implementing health and wellness programs in their communities. Rob will identify key community partners and look at ways to leverage combined resources to improve the health and well-being of community members. To register, click the following link:

Let’s continue to inspire our departments and communities to become active during the month of May.  If you have any ideas regarding National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, we would love to hear from you and your experience! Please email us or submit your ideas on the wellness site here: (,



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