May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

Regular physical activity is good for everyone’s health, and people of all ages and body types can be physically active.   National Physical Fitness and Sports Month is a great time to spread the word about the benefits of getting active.    <!–split–>

Here are just a few benefits of physical activity:   Children and adolescents – Physical activity can improve muscular fitness, bone health, and heart health    Adults – Physical activity can lower the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer.  Older adults – Physical activity can lower the risk of falls and improve cognitive functioning (like learning and judgment skills).

Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to create opportunities for everyone to get more physical activity.  Make a difference: Spread the word about fun ways to get moving!   How can National Physical Fitness and Sports Month make a difference? We can use this month to raise awareness about the benefits of physical activity.

Encourage families to make small changes, like taking a walk after dinner or going for a bike ride.  Motivate teachers and administrators to make physical activity a part of every student’s day. Identify youth leaders in the community who can talk to their peers about the importance of being active.

Get Involved:  Take action to promote physical fitness in your community.

  1. Encourage community groups and families to support physical activity programs for kids.
  2. Ask people to share their stories and tips for success.
  3. Motivate others to increase their physical activity and sports participation by taking the President’s Challenge. Sign up individually or as a workplace or church group.
  4. Work together to share free information about physical fitness and health.

Adapted from the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, & Nutrition and
For more information and materials, contact the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition at

Wells4Wellness:  Walk to Niger Update

 Can you believe we are starting week 6 already?  Time passes quickly when we can walk for fun and fitness!  So far the accumulated totals from all the teams is 12,000 miles!  We have already walked to Niger and back!  Our team alone has walked over 1,000 miles.  We have some power walkers on our team!

Pat Herath, founder of Wells4Wellness has organized a group walk for all the teams. Anyone that would like or is able can meet May 4th @ 6:30pm at Butterworth Parkway in Moline. Start at the end by East Moline boarder. The official walking path starts there. Walk as far as we want.  Pat will have t-shirts available if you any one would like to purchase one $15.00.