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 a generation. Led by the U.S. Department of the Interior, the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Let’s Move Outside! is working across federal agencies, and with other public and private sector groups, 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 the next phase of PALA (Presidential Active Lifestyle Award), a program of the President’s Challenge, 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.
Ready? Click on the link below to register for the Let’s Move Outside! PALA+ and get active in the great outdoors.
For more ideas on where to go and what to do to, visit Let’s Move Outside!.