SOURCE: PGA of America

PGA of America

May 04, 2011 14:27 ET

Play Golf America Supports National Physical Fitness and Sports Month in May

The PGA of America Teams With President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Introducing Golf as a Fun, Affordable and Healthy Option for Families

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL--(Marketwire - May 4, 2011) - Warmer weather is motivating people nationwide to shut off the computer, get off the couch and head outdoors to enjoy the sunshine. During National Physical Fitness and Sports Month in May, The PGA of America is teaming up with the President's Challenge Program to encourage children and families to be active and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Play Golf America programs highlight golf as a fun family activity, while establishing the game as an enjoyable way to improve overall health for people of all ages. To find free and affordable programs in your area, visit www.PlayGolfAmerica.com.

"The PGA of America is proud to take a leadership role and use our strong grassroots network to recruit golfers for the President's Challenge Program," said PGA of America President Allen Wronowski. "PGA Professionals recognize the health and wellness benefits of the game and that's why we promote golf as a fun, affordable and healthy option for families to participate in together."

As part of its involvement in the President's Challenge Program, The PGA of America has committed to engage 50,000 individuals to earn a Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA). PALA recognizes youth and adults for following the daily-recommended physical activity guidelines. Adults who are active 30 minutes per day and youth who are active 60 minutes per day, five days per week, for a period of six out of eight weeks are eligible for this award. Participants who complete the requirements will receive a PALA certificate of achievement signed by the co-chairs of the President's Council, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and Olympic gymnast Dominique Dawes.

"PGA of America's promotion of PALA is a part of our current goal to inspire one million Americans to earn their PALA by September of this year," said Shellie Pfohl, Executive Director from the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. "As National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, May is the perfect time to get outside and be active and playing a round of golf is a good example!"

To take the first steps toward a healthier lifestyle and join with other golf fans taking the President's Challenge:

  • Visit MillionPALAChallenge.org to register
  • Once submitted, select "Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA) challenge"
  • Click "Groups" option
  • Search for "GOLF" groups
  • Join the PGA group that works best for you
  • Get moving and begin logging your activity

"Golf is a great activity for kids and families to get outside, have fun and fit exercise into the day without feeling like they're exercising," said David Donatucci, director of fitness for The PGA of America. "We want people to realize that golf is a healthy lifestyle choice and is a great way for families to engage in physical activity."

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