May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, when Americans are encouraged to integrate physical fitness and activities into their daily lives and regular routines.
It is recommended that children and teens get an hour of physical activity each day and adults get at least 30 minutes— a feat that’s not always easy in today’s age of video games and online social networking.
Physical activity is increasingly important since one in every three children in the United States is obese. Obesity has also doubled among adults since the early 1970’s.
Integrating activity into your life doesn’t mean you have to go out and train for a marathon, and it doesn’t require a pricey gym membership, so no need to be intimidated!
It can be as simple as committing to taking a walk each night after dinner, or opting to bike to work instead of driving. You can also integrate fitness into your stationery activities. Try leaving a list of quick exercises (like jumping jacks) next to your remote that you can do during commercial breaks of TV shows. Every little bit counts!
From the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
National Prevention Week 2014 is just days away! This annual health observance, sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is dedicated to increasing awareness of substance abuse prevention and mental health promotion.
The National Prevention Week theme this year is Our Lives. Our Health. Our Future. From May 18-24, join others across the country to help spread awareness about substance use and mental health, and strengthen the health of your community.
Here’s how you can get involved:
Get in the spirit: watch the National Prevention Week 2014 promotional video. Share the video link and spread the word!
Commit to a healthy lifestyle by taking the Prevention Pledge, and encourage friends and family to do the same. You can also customize your pledge with a personal message about why prevention is important to you.
Add the power of your voice to SAMHSA’s 2014 “I Choose” photo project. Visit www.samhsa.gov/prevention-week to find out how you can inspire others by participating. People of all ages are already submitting their photos, and their “I Choose” messages will inspire you, too.
Post about National Prevention Week on social media to raise awareness about behavioral health issues and the importance of preventing problems before they start.
Visit www.samhsa.gov/prevention-week for more information about National Prevention Week 2014.
Image description: May is Mental Health Month. Caregivers, friends, and family can find support and resources at http://www.mentalhealth.gov/