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For Release: May 11, 2010
Contact: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
(405) 271-5601                             

Get Moving in May

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) and the Strong and Healthy Oklahoma Initiative join the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports to challenge Oklahomans to get moving for health and to get active and fit during May.

According to Governor’s Council President Nancy Kabriel, “Physical activity can help lower the chances of becoming overweight, decreases blood pressure and stress, and keeps the mind and body strong and alert. The Governor’s Council encourages all Oklahomans to incorporate physical fitness and sports into their daily life by taking a walk or swim, joining a softball team, or working in the garden.”

A great way to get active in Oklahoma this month is to participate in Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 21.  Central Oklahoma Bike to Work Day 2010 is part of a national campaign to promote bicycling as a healthy and efficient transportation alternative.  More information about Bike to Work Day is available at www. Bikedayok.com.

The Governor’s Council is charged with serving in an advisory capacity to the governor and state leaders on issues related to physical activity and to promote and facilitate increased participation in regular physical activity.  More information about the Governor’s Council can be found at www.ok.gov/ogcpfs.

For more information about National Physical Fitness and Sports Month and the Partnership for a Strong and Healthy Oklahoma, visit this Web site: www.ok.gov/strongandhealthy or contact OSDH Chronic Disease Services Physical Activity Coordinator Matt Jacobs at 405-271-4072.

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