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President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN) Blog

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Read more about Health, the future, and that guy with the tacos
That guy in the cool uniform making tacos is Vivek Murthy. If you don’t know Vivek, it so happens he’s the Surgeon General of the United States, and he has some strong thoughts about food. “What demands attention,” he says unequivocally, “is a fundamental building block of health that many are lacking: food.” In his mind, good food matters as much to health as new medications, new technologies, expanded insurance or improved quality of care.
Read more about Spring into Wellness with the New PALA+ Program!
This spring, the President’s Council is proud to launch a brand new version of the PALA+ program on SuperTracker, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s free online food and activity tracking tool. It furthers the program’s mission to help Americans of all ages and abilities move towards the latest recommendations from the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans and Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
Read more about Get Fit in 2017 with Presidential Champions on SuperTracker!
A new year means a fresh start. It’s a new opportunity to reach for the goals you know will make you stronger – mentally and physically. This year, the Council’s Presidential Champions program is ready to take you from #0to60, keep you motivated, and on track to reach all of your physical activity goals. The program has a brand new look to celebrate the New Year and new features that allow you to earn your Presidential Champions awards on SuperTracker!

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#FitTip

Schedule physical activity like you schedule appointments. Planning increases your success.

Take advantage of daily deal websites to save on your favorite workout classes/memberships.

Add variety to water with refreshing additions such as lemons, limes, and/or strawberries.

Having fun while active is the key! Find activities that you enjoy & include friends/family.

If you haven't been active in a while, start small & build up. Some is better than none!

Use commercials for activity breaks. Squats and stretches are quick, excellent choices.

Skip adding salt when cooking; instead use herbs and spices to add flavor.

Teach kids the difference between everyday snacks (fruits/veggies) & occasional sweet treats.

Lettcue, whole tomatoes, red onion, and whole yellow pepper sitting together on a light colored cutting board
Mix veggies into your go-to dishes. Try spinach with pasta or peppers in tacos.

Come together as a family for meals. Spend time with the kids while modeling healthy eating.

Fitness is free—No equipment needed to walk, dance, hike & play. Just get moving & have fun!

Don't stress over a missed workout or sweet treat. Refocus and make the next choice healthy.

Pack your workout clothes at night before bed. You'll be prepared to be active the next day.

Find small activities to add to your work day like a lunch time walk or using the stairs.

Replace a coffee break with an outdoor walk—or take the coffee with you on your walk.

Your health journey is uniquely yours. Don’t compare—strive to be your best self & enjoy!

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