National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

Since 2011, May has been recognized as National Physical Fitness and Sports Month.

We know that there are benefits to being physically fit. Yet, many of us are not as fit as we would like to be, usually because we have trouble making the time for regular physical activity in our busy lives. National Physical Fitness and Sports month reminds all Americans to make physical activity, sports participation and good nutrition a priority in their everyday lives.

Regular physical activity increases your chances of living a longer, healthier life, and also reduces your risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, and certain types of cancer. 

Physical inactivity and obesity are two of several factors linked to type 2 diabetes. Some population groups are also at higher risk, including a number of racial and ethnic minorities. Groups at higher risk for the disease include African-Americans, Asian-Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Hispanics, and Pacific Islanders. The Diabetes Prevention Program clinical trial, led by the National Institutes of Health, has shown that getting at least 150 minutes per week of moderate physical activity, such as brisk walking, and losing 5% to 7% of body weight can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58% in people at higher risk of the disease.