President Challenges Americans-Get Fit

Americans are invited to participate in the first-ever National President’s Challenge.

The six-week fitness program, which kicks off Thursday, the first day of spring, encourages everyone to be active at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week. And just in case you need 8 weeks to complete the 6 weeks, no problem they've allow for 2 extra weeks to complete the 6. (Who could ask for more?)

In any case, the goal is to help everyone from children to senior citizens live healthier lives and get fit by finding activities they really enjoy, says Melissa Johnson, executive director of the council, an advisory committee to the president and the federal Department of Health and Human Services.

“This is really the first national President’s Challenge, where we’re encouraging all Americans to join us at the exact same time,” she says.

To complete the challenge, adults 18 and older need to be active 30 minutes a day, while youngsters 6-17 need to be active an hour a day. I knew there was a benefit to growing old.

Participants can track their activities, see their progress and challenge themselves via the interactive Web site, www. presidentschallenge. org, where you can register through April 3. (Click on the button next to the picture of fitness queen Denise Austin. )The challenge concludes May 15 in the midst of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. Remember participants get eight weeks in which to complete the six-week program. Clearly an opportunity of a lifetime.