Last week I got to meet President Obama’s long time trainer, Cornell McClellan in NYC when I was there for NBC Universal’s “Healthy Week”. He is a member of the President’s Council Fitness Sports and Nutrition and he told me about how he is helping the First Lady with her “Let’s Move” campaign and the “President’s Challenge”. The “Let’s Move” program was setup to help kids and parents stay healthy and the Let’s Move website has a ton of great resources and tips for healthy eating, working out and how kids can stay active.
The “President’s Challenge”
The “President’s Challenge” is a 6-week program where President Obama wants you to challenge yourself and set active lifestyle goals. Along the way, you can log your progress and earn cool awards! The program is not just for kids…they have a program for adults too! All you have to do is log 30 minutes of activity at least 5 days a week for 6 of the 8 weeks you are on the program. I encourage all of you to join this challenge and if you are a teacher or community leader, get your peers and students involved and join as a GROUP! Make it fun!
Join me and Signup Today!! Even the First Lady is doing it…
“To show everyone just how much fun it can be, I will be working to earn my Active Lifestyle Award.Â Iâ€™m going to do it. And I want kids across the country to join me.” – First Lady Michelle Obama
How to Sign Up:
Physical activity is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle. AddingÂ more activity to your daily life can be easy and fun â€“ and now you can earnÂ an award for being active. To earn your Presidential Active Lifestyle AwardÂ (PALA), all you need to do is document your active exercise each day (60Â minutes/day for children and 30 minutes/day for adults), 5 days a week, forÂ six weeks.
Join the Presidentâ€™s Active Lifestyle Program, here’s how:
1. Make the commitment Â (this can be a family or teamÂ effort)
2.Â Sign up online,Â print the activity log PDF or start a group
3. Log your activity
4. Earn your award
With over 100 activities to choose from, there’s something for everyone!Â Record your activities and track your progress for 60Â minutes a day/ 5 days a week for youths under the age ofÂ 18 or 60 minutes a day for adults. You can even compare your progress with others who are taking theÂ President’s Challenge.
The President’s Challenge not only helps you stay active – it also gives youÂ a little extra motivation while you’re at it. That’s because you can earnÂ special Presidential awards recognizing your accomplishments.