May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. Regular physical activity increases the chances of living a longer, healthier life and reduces the risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, and some types of cancer. The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend that adults:

  • Aim for 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week. Moderate activity includes things like walking fast, dancing, swimming, and raking leaves
  • Do muscle-strengthening activities – like lifting weights and using exercises bands – at least 2 days a week
  • See recommendations & tips for Getting Active

Healthfinder.gov offers a full toolkit, including ready-to-use resources such as a sample Announcement, ready-to-go Tweets, web-widgets like the one below, E-cards, tips for getting involved, and shareable resources.

Be Active Your Way (open accessible version in new window)

Other health observances for the month of May include:

Weekly Events
May 4 – May 10 – North American Occupational Safety and Health Week
May 11-17 – National Women’s Health Week
May May 25-31 – Hurricane Preparedness Week
Designated days
May 7 – Bike to School Day
May 16 – Bike to Work Day
May 23 – Heat Awareness Day
May 28 – Senior Health & Fitness Day
May 31 – World No Tobacco Day


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