Governor Proclaims May 2022 Fitness and Sports Month

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May is the perfect month to engage in an active lifestyle

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Philip B Scott declared May 2022 Fitness and Sports Month in Vermont, encouraging Vermonters to get active this spring. The proclamation was requested by the Governor’s Council on Fitness and Sportsa physical activity promotion and advocacy group comprised of Governor-appointed volunteers representing a broad spectrum of Vermonters.

The proclamation aligns with the national designation of May as Fitness and Sports Month, an effort by the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition to raise awareness of the benefits of physical activity. The Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports encourages families to be active outdoors with the Vermont Parks Prescriptions, Vermont seniors to participate in fitness and sports through the Vermont Senior Games, and workers of Vermont to walk and run with colleagues during the annual meeting Corporate Cup Challenge and State Agency Race May 19 in Montpellier (and virtually until July 31).

In Vermont, 59% of adults are not meeting the state health department’s physical activity guidelines, which recommend aiming for 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week. Moderate activities include brisk walking, biking, dancing, hiking, boating, and swimming. Children and teens should participate in at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day, including walking to school, playing in a yard or playground, climbing trees, riding a bike, and playing sports . In Vermont, 23% of teens in grades 9 through 12 do not meet these guidelines.

COVID-19 has highlighted Vermont’s abundance of outdoor recreational resources and opportunities to connect with family and friends while engaging in physical activity, Council Chairwoman Janet Franz said.

“Vermonters have a great setting to get out and exercise, and May is a great time to start,” Franz said. “We can go outside for a hike, jog or bike ride and enjoy our beautiful surroundings. Doing this regularly helps us feel better, physically and mentally. Being active boosts immunity and lowers the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer, stiff backs, sore knees, depression, low energy and a host of other ailments, reducing the need for drugs and medical care. Exercise is medicine.

17.05.2022. Montpellier — Governor

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