☷A Proclamation on National Physical Fitness and Sports Month 2022
White House ( By Press Release office)
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Throughout the pandemic , Americans have found creative ways to maintain their physical fitness through sports or other forms of physical activity . During National Physical 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 health care professionals and millions of Americans who have gotten vaccinated and boosted , schools , gyms , and businesses across the country have reopened . Stadiums are , once again , filled with fans cheering on their favorite sports teams and athletes . But for the past few years , rates of physical activity have decreased — especially among groups at high risk for COVID - 19 . Socioeconomic disparities , including a lack of opportunities to participate in sports and fitness programs , have exacerbated the problem . The environments where 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 out equitable solutions to ensure that all Americans can live a more active , healthier lifestyle . Fitness and sports are not only good for our physical health , they also improve the quality of our lives overall . 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 can 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 activities . That is why I issued an Executive Order to renew the President’s Council on Sports , Fitness & Nutrition , focusing on the importance of mental health related to physical fitness and nutrition . Through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Active People , Healthy Nation” initiative , we are providing an evidence - based blueprint to help 27 million Americans become more physically active by 2027 . Additionally , the Department of Health and Human Services’ “Move Your Way” campaign is informing Americans about activities they can do to stay healthy through the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans . This month , let us 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 race . Whatever physical activity you choose , fitness will lead to better and 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 the laws of the United States , do hereby proclaim May 2022 as National Physical Fitness and Sports Month . I call upon the people of the United States to make daily physical activity a priority , to support efforts to increase access to sports opportunities in their communities , and to pursue physical fitness as an essential part of healthy living . IN WITNESS WHEREOF , I have hereunto set my hand this twenty - ninth day of April , in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty - two , and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty - sixth . JOSEPH R . BIDEN JR .
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