National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, a great opportunity to highlight the importance of physical activity in our lives. All adults, with and without disabilities, need at least 2½ hours a week of aerobic physical activity at a moderate-intensity level to increase heart and lung function; to improve daily living activities and independence; to decrease chances of developing chronic diseases; and to improve mental health. The National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities and its partners work together to make sure everybody has the opportunity to be physically active and enjoy the benefits of an active lifestyle.

The Disability and Health Branch at NCBDDD offers materials and resources you can use to make sure people with disabilities are included in physical activity programs. We encourage you to share these resources with your colleagues and friends.

New CDC Web Feature

sportsOn Monday, May 23rd, a feature in recognition of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month will be posted on the CDC website. You can learn how people with disabilities are embracing physical activity and improving their health and well-being.

Physical Activity for All Twitter Chat with ABC’s Dr. Besser

In honor of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, Dr. Richard Besser from ABC News will host a Twitter chat on physical activity for all.

When: Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 1:00 – 2:00pm EDT

Where: Use #abcDrBchat to follow and join the conversation.


  • Dr. Richard Besser (@abcDrBchat)
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (@CDCgov)
  • National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (@NCHPAD)

Directions for Joining the “Fitness for All” ABC News Twitter Chat on TweetChat:

*Participation via TweetChat is optional.

  1. At the scheduled chat time, log onto, or your preferred tweet chat tool, using your Twitter name and password. Enter the hashtag for the chat (#abcDrBchat) at the top of the screen.
  2. Let your followers know you will be participating in a chat, then introduce yourself or wait for the chat to begin. The moderator will start the conversation by asking a general question. For example: Q1– How are you celebrating Physical Fitness and Sports Month? #abcDrBchat
  3. When you answer questions, make sure to indicate which question you are answering. For example: A1 – Staying healthy by walking every day. #abcDrBchat
  4. Remember to add the chat hashtag (#abcDrBchat) at the end of your tweets.
  5. Don’t be afraid to add your thoughts to the topic, ask follow-up questions, observe or retweet what others saying. As long as questions are on topic, they are welcome during the Twitter Chat.

Suggested promotional messages:

  • Physical activity is for people of all ages/abilities. Join the discussion in the #abcDrBchat w. @DrRichardBesser & @CDCgov 5/24 @ 1PM EDT.
  • On 5/24 @ 1 PM ET, join us, @CDCgov & @NCHPAD for the #abcDrBchat on “Physical Fitness for All” w. @DrRichardBesser.

Thanks for your continued support of NCBDDD and your dedication to helping people with disabilities live to the fullest!

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