Throughout the pandemic, Americans have found creative ways to maintain fitness through sports or other forms of physical activity. During National Fitness and Sports Month, we renew our commitment to staying active and encourage all Americans to participate in activities that improve their well-being and lead to healthier lifestyles.
Thanks to our dedicated healthcare professionals and millions of Americans who have been vaccinated and strengthened, schools, gyms and businesses across the country have reopened. The stadiums are once again filled with fans cheering on their favorite sports teams and athletes.
But in recent years, physical activity rates have declined, especially among groups at high risk for COVID-19. Socioeconomic disparities, including lack of opportunities to participate in sports and fitness programs, have exacerbated the problem. The environments in which people live, learn, work and play also affect physical activity. Other barriers to regular physical activity, such as time, money, safety and accessibility, impact the health and well-being of children and adults in every community. We must seek equitable solutions to ensure that all Americans can lead more active and healthier lives.
Fitness and sport are not only good for our physical health, they also improve the quality of our life in general. Experts agree that even small amounts of physical activity can make a significant difference in a person’s physical and mental health. For example, it may reduce the risk of chronic diseases, blood pressure, and anxiety while improving sleep, among other health benefits.
Every sector has a role to play in removing barriers and increasing opportunities for Americans to participate in physical activity. That’s why I issued an executive order to renew the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition, emphasizing the importance of mental health as it relates to fitness and nutrition. Through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Active People, Healthy Nation initiative, we’re providing an evidence-based plan to help 27 million Americans become more physically active by 2027. , the “Move Your Way” initiative educates Americans on activities they can do to stay healthy with Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.
This month, let’s all find ways to become more physically active in our daily lives. Take a walk, hike in your favorite park, try a new fitness class, join a local sports team, or volunteer at a community run. Whatever physical activity you choose, physical fitness will lead to better, healthier lives for all Americans.
NOW THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 2022 as National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. I call on the people of the United States to make daily physical activity a priority, to support efforts to increase access to athletic opportunities in their communities, and to pursue physical fitness as an essential part of life. healthy.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have affixed my signature this twenty-ninth of April in the year of grace two thousand and twenty-two and of the independence of the United States of America on the two hundred and forty-six.
JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.