Embrace Activity During National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

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.

Given the many benefits of physical activity, we encourage you to celebrate National Physical Fitness and Sports Month with us by finding a new way to move more this month! You can also look for opportunities to spread the word about the benefits of being active. The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) has great resources to help communities get moving towards happier, healthier lives.

  • Follow ODPHP on Twitter at @HealthGov, and follow the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition at @FitnessGov.
  • Celebrate National Physical Fitness & Sports Month by encouraging people in your community to find a way they like to get moving. Get started by sharing our Move Your Way resources: https://go.usa.gov/xu8ZG
  • Visit our Move Your Way microsite for videos, fact sheets, inspirational stories and interactive tools including a customizable Activity Planner.
  • When you share your posts about physical activity (and feel free to tag us!), use the hashtags #MoveInMay and #MoveYourWay.
  • Sign up for email updates so you can get notified when we post new information and resources related to physical activity. Then you can share with your family, friends, and community members!

Sample social media posts:

  • Sports can help youth improve fitness and develop social skills. Celebrate National Physical Fitness & Sports Month by encouraging your kids to find their own way to #MoveInMay [basketball emoji] [golfer emoji]. Learn more about the benefits of #YouthSports: https://go.usa.gov/xu8BF
  • How are you getting active this National Physical Fitness & Sports Month? Use #MoveInMay and #MoveYourWay to share how you like to move! Check out @HealthGov’s resource on why #PhysicalActivity is important: https://go.usa.gov/xH2Q6
  • #DYK? Physical activity is safe and healthy during pregnancy. Help celebrate National Physical Fitness & Sports Month by encouraging new parents and parents-to-be to get active! Share this resource to get started: https://go.usa.gov/xu8Bf
  • It’s National Physical Fitness & Sports Month! Physical activity has big benefits. It can help #teens reduce symptoms of anxiety or depression. Encourage teens in your life to #GetActive and #MoveInMay by sharing these videos: https://bit.ly/3xJRlJv
  • Adults need at least 150 minutes of aerobic activity each week. You can break that up and #MoveYourWay! Not sure where to start? Check out @HealthGov’s activity planner to find activities you can plan to do throughout this National Physical Fitness & Sports Month: https://go.usa.gov/xH2Qk  
  • Sports can help kids build confidence and grow into healthy, active adults. Find ways you can support #YouthSports during this National Physical Fitness & Sports Month by checking out the National Youth Sports Strategy: https://go.usa.gov/xH2QA
  • DYK? #YouthSports not only help keep your kids physically healthy they can also improve their mental health! Follow these tips to help youth boost their mood through sports participation while they #MoveInMay: https://health.gov/sites/default/files/2022-05/Youth%20Sports%20Infographic_2022.05_508c.pdf
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