Thanks for taking OAK’s Get Your Nature On challenge. The outdoor experiences you claimed through the challenge can also help you complete the Let’s Move Outside President’s Active Lifestyle Award. You can even earn a certificate from the President – Read on.
In June 2010, First Lady Michelle Obama launched Let’s Move Outside! as the outdoor activity component of her Let’s Move! campaign to end childhood obesity in the next generation. Let’s Move Outside! is working with federal agencies and with other public and private sector groups like OAK, the Outdoors Alliance for Kids, to connect children to nature through active, outdoor recreation. Let’s Move Outside! also plays a key role in the President’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative to advance a 21st century conservation and recreation agenda designed with, and for, the American people.
Outdoor recreation is a great way for people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities to get moving and learn about the natural world around them. From walking or biking around the neighborhood, to paddling a canoe, hiking a trail, or riding horseback – there are dozens of fun and easy ways for families and adults to get moving outside. While you’re out and about, you can also receive special recognition for being physically active by completing the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA). PALA is offered by the President’s Challenge, a program of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.
PALA+ is the next phase of PALA, designed to motivate Americans to make physical activity and healthy eating part of their everyday life.
The physical activity requirements for PALA+ remain the same: 60 minutes/day for kids, 30 minutes/day for adults, five days a week for six out of eight weeks. The new nutrition component requires participants to add a weekly healthy eating goal and build upon those goals throughout the same six-week period. Individuals who achieve the physical activity and healthy eating goals will receive a certificate signed by the Council co-chairs.
And, next time you login to your Facebook account be sure to sign up for OAK’s Get Your Nature On Facebook App to share your outdoor activities and encourage friends to join in. Track your progress and win badges for the outdoor activities you complete. Each time you do, we will send you a reminder to log your hours towards a Let’s Move Outside! PALA!
Ready? Click on the link below to register for the Let’s Move Outside! PALA+ and get active in the great outdoors.