DPHHS urges Montanans to join President's Challenge on-line program
HELENA — The Department of Public Health and Human Services is
encouraging all Montanans to get involved in the President's Challenge,
a new on-line program that urges youth and adults to make physical
activity part of their everyday lives.
The program is free for all Americans.
Montanans of all activity levels and ages can participate by
choosing from nearly 100 pursuits, from fishing to hiking, and begin
earning points with their favorite activities. A total of four programs
are offered to suit various interests and abilities including a
Physical Fitness Test, Health Fitness Test, Active Lifestyle Program
and Presidential Champions Program.
"These programs are designed to help all of us achieve a
healthier body and mind and to make every day better," said Anna
Whiting Sorrell, Director of the Department of Public Health and Human
It is simple and fun: set a goal and track your performance
over time to earn special Presidential awards recognizing your
"The more active you are the more points you
collect to earn these awards," Whiting Sorrell said. "Challenge your
family, friends, and yourself to earn a Presidential award and compete
with each other for fun and a healthier lifestyle."
DPHHS Cardiovascular Health Program supervisor Mark Niebylski
said it's important to exercise regularly. "We all need to learn that
physical activity is aerobic muscle-building and bone building
activity, and must be done on a consistent basis," he said. "The time
is ripe for all of us to participate in the Presidential Challenge!"
According to the CDC 2010 Physical Activity Report, Montana
ranked No.1 in the nation in the percentage of highly active adults.
This is defined as adults who achieve more than 300 minutes a week of
moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity or 150 minutes a week of
vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity or an equivalent.
"This is great news, since the President's Challenge offers the
chance to keep us at the top by staying or becoming more active to
achieve better health," Niebylski said.
Clinical Guidelines recommend adults get a minimum of 30
minutes a day on at least 5 days per week of moderate exercise (like
walking or gardening) or intense physical activity (like jogging or
swimming). It's recommended that adolescents and youth get a minimum of
60 minutes a day of moderate or intense physical activity.
For more information about the President's Challenge or to participate, go to http://presidentschallenge.org and click on "Get Started".