The Surgeon General recently gave a “Call To Action” to the nation to “Step It Up” regarding fitness and health. In the recent release, it was indicated that “…only half of adults and about a quarter of high school students get the amount of physical activity recommended in national guidelines.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), adults need at least “2 hours and 30 minutes (150 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity” such as brisk walking every week as well as “…muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms)”. The American Heart Association and health.gov agree.
Something Is Better Than Nothing
All recommendations indicate that doing something is better than nothing. So in line with that idea, the Surgeon General has called for our communities to “Step It Up!” As the Surgeon General mentions, “…the Call to Action focuses on promoting optimal health before disease occurs.”
Communities are encouraged to improve the ability of their residents to walk, run, bike or skate. “The Call to Action includes five strategic goals to promote walking and walkable communities in the United States: make walking a national priority; design communities that make it safe and easy to walk for people of all ages and abilities; promote programs and policies to support walking where people live, learn, work, and play; provide information to encourage walking and improve walkability; and fill surveillance, research, and evaluation gaps related to walking and walkability. Action by multiple sectors of society, as well as by families and individuals, will be needed to achieve these goals.”
Fitness Centers and Martial Arts Programs
Fitness Centers and Martial Arts programs have long supported building healthier communities through fitness and health activities. Fitness studios have been known to organize local marathons for walking and running; and Martial Arts studios encourage and support a healthy community through teaching integrity and providing programs that build students and their families.
Let’s Support The Call To Action
We can all support this call to action. Can you think of ways your business can support this effort in your community?
AAC Efforts Start At Work
AAC promotes employee health and wellness by encouraging activity and motion. Both locations are positioned near areas where employees can go for a walk and as an incentive, the wellness program included a fitbit wristband for each employee last year. During the week, AAC makes healthy snack choices available with fresh vegetables and fruit.