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National Physical Fitness and Sports Month is the perfect time for children and families to get outside and play together! You don't have to do back flips in the Olympics or throw a football 40 yards down the field to be active and break a sweat. Whether you ride your bike to work or school or chase after your dog in the park, physical activity can be fun and it helps you feel good too. You've probably heard that today in America, one-third of all children and two-thirds of all adults are overweight or obese. We know that physical activity can help build lean muscle, reduce fat, and promote strong bone, muscle and joint development so what are you waiting for? Through her Let's Move! initiative, First Lady Michelle Obama has formed a coalition of supporters including community and faith based organizations, schools and childcare centers, local governments, and corporations to help end childhood obesity within a generation.


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Dr Jenina - Great points! In fact there is a great book called "Walk Yourself Thin" and it points out that you dont have to spend hours in the gym to be healthy and fit. In fact, one of the things I have been doing is walking at lunch for 45 mins. Most days I would sit at my desk and eat lunch while I worked (not good for so many reasons!). Now, I talk a brisk walk, get some fresh air, clear my mind and I feel great! I wish more people would start out small - But Just Start! Start with a walk two or three days a week and see how you feel. We always have to remember that that the journey begins with the first step. Lets talk that first step to better health! I hope to see you at the NYC Relay for life next month. As Always - Be Well. Dave

May 07, 2013 - 7:01 AM by David D

David, I have to say I was the family Slug... lazy and in active for a lot of years. I think I just thought that you had to do a lot to get healthy. You see, I come from a family of athletes, my father is a Senior Olympian in cycling and at 79 still competes and beats guys half his age. My big brother took the Gold Medal in the U.S. Toughest Cop Competition last year and is going to compete in Belfast for the World Competition. My other brother is a Fireman and works out regularly at work and at home. I think I just felt like not doing anything if I could not do what my family does in going all out. Fortunately, 4 months ago I was told by my Dad and my Brothers that they don't work out every single day and, No you do not have to be a "fanatic" to be in shape. I was so surprised to hear that! I had a lot of misconceptions about what needed to be done. Since hearing that, I have begun to exercise every other day and it has done wonders for me physically and emotionally. You are so right Dave, It is just as you said, it can be as easy as chasing your dog!

May 07, 2013 - 12:59 AM by janina s

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