YMCA, Health Advocates Kick off Monthlong Healthy Activities Initiative

According to America On The Move news release, America on the Move Foundation and YMCA have kicked off a national month long celebration to educate Americans on a healthy, active life.

America On The Move is hoping to encourage Americans to take 2,000 more steps a day, and to eat 100 fewer calories a day. The program is trying to have people make small daily changes in their life. During the month of September, anyone can visit AmericaOnTheMove.org and participate in the campaign. People can make two pledges each day to make their lives better. Once you make your pledges you are eligible to win prizes such as an iPod or a $500 shopping spree at Dick’s Sporting Goods.

America on the Move activities will include between September 22-27 one week with the YMCA. 1,500 YMCA’s around the country will participate and help individuals and families to take small steps and get active. Along with the YMCA’s nationwide participation, thousands of America on the Move organizations will help host 2,000 step activities all around the nation. As part of the month long celebration, America on the Move will also announce the results of a national poll that will show Americans new information regarding the rise of obesity and new healthy lifestyles.

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Neil Nicoll, the President and CEO of YMCA of the USA states that “as YMCAs nationwide expand their efforts to encourage healthier lifestyles, we are excited to join AOM in celebrating Steptember through America On the Move Week with the YMCA,”he also goes on to add that “Our nation’s health crisis is the defining issue of this generation and the next, and through YMCA Activate America we are reaching out to engage all people who seek well-being of spirit, mind and body. The small-changes message fits well with our efforts, and we look forward to sharing it with the thousands of communities and millions of people that YMCAs serve.”

America on the Move Foundation is a nationwide non profit organization that helps individuals, families, as well as communities all across the nation that helps make positive changes that improve the health and quality of life. In the America on the Move Foundation there are nearly one million participants on and offline that initiates and helps maintain, individual, social, and environmental behavior changes that help support healthy eating and healthy active habits throughout our society. To learn more about The America On The Move program, please visit their website at www.americaonthemove.org,

You can also go to the YMCA’s website located at www.ymca.net. The YMCA has over 2500 different locations throughout the United States and serves nearly 20.2 million people each year. Of those 20.2 million, 9.4 million of those people are under the age of 18.

SOURCE : America On the Move and More Than 1,500 YMCAs Kick Off September 2007
http://media.prnewswire.com/en/jsp/latest.jsp?beat=BEAT_HEALTHCARE&view=LATEST&resourceid=3548141

SOURCE : YMCA Website
http://www.ymca.net

SOURCE : America on the Move website
http://www.AmericaOnTheMove.org

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