National Physical Fitness Month

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Designing a pin for Barack Obama is participating in National Physical Fitness Month

“Now, therefore, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 2010 as National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. I call upon all Americans to take control of their health and wellness by making physical activity, fitness, and sports participation an important part of their daily lives.”

With this statement, the President is challenging every American to make physical activity, fitness, and sports something they try to do every day, whether it’s playing on a softball team, training for a race, walking the dog, or working in the garden.  Along with this, the Task Force on Childhood Obesity is partnering with First Lady Michelle Obama to launch a series of programs that will educate children on healthy food choices and the importance of physical fitness that begins at an early age.

It has been widely publicized that the United States is quickly becoming the fattest country in the world.  And along with that comes a whole slew of diseases they are not only reaching epidemic numbers but are hitting our children at earlier ages.  Among these diseases are, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

The month of May is a perfect time to launch such a campaign.  With the weather getting warmer, people are more apt to go outside and participate in physical activities.  If the intention is set to commit to physical fitness now, by the time the colder months hit, the more people will have developed the habit of exercise into their lives and continue.

Recently, Paul Stark, the CEO, and founder of The Monterey Company moved to sunny Santa Barbara for a period of time.  Before doing so he had purchased a motorized bike to get him around.  Upon arriving in Santa Barbara, he felt as if it was almost cheating to ride around a gorgeous beach town on a motorized bike. “I went out and bought a real bike, lightweight and made of carbon, and I love it!  I use it every day and run all my errands with it.”

The rest of us here at Monterey wholeheartedly approve.  We are invested in having Paul around for as long as possible and knowing he is getting great exercise every day, ensures we have a higher chance of that happening!

How are you going work towards your physical fitness this month and beyond?  We would love to hear your stories.

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