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Staying Fit With the Help of the Internet

Online tool encourages adults and children to be active and fit

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WEDNESDAY, Aug. 6, 2003 (HealthDayNews) -- There's a new online program that makes it easier for adults and children to get active and stay fit.

The interactive Web site, www.presidentschallenge.org, is billed as an easy, free and fun way to help Americans develop a regular physical activity routine. The online tool tracks a person's progress towards earning Presidential awards for active lifestyles and physical fitness.

"We are making this powerful new tool available to all Americans. It can help people be healthy, active and fit for the rest of their lives. The www.presidentialchallenge.org Web site is for families, schools, businesses, organizations and individuals who want to be active or motivate other to become physically active for health, as well as for those who are already active, to help them attain the highest possible fitness level," Lynn Swann, chairman of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, says in a news release.

Users log onto the site and select an age category -- kids, teens, adults or seniors -- and register as an individual or as part of a group. You then choose from more than 100 physical activities listed and begin tracking your daily efforts in a log.

You can work toward a Presidential Active Lifestyle Award by taking part in regular physical activity five days a week for six weeks. Adults should be active for at least 30 minutes of daily activity and children for at least 60 minutes each day.

More information

Here's where you can learn more about exercise and physical fitness.

SOURCE: President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, news release, July 2003
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