May Is...

National Physical Fiteness & Sports Month :

National Pysical Fitness & Sports Month showing the shadow of 3 athletes- An annual observance is a time to highlight the importance of staying active through sports and other fitness activities. Celebrate this observance by promoting the importance of 60 minutes per day of physical activity for kits and adults 30 minutes per day.

Each year, the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition encourages all Americans to #MoveinMay. You do not have to be an elite athlete to be fit. It doesn't matter where you are on your journey or how you ended up here. You can make healthier choices starting today.

There are countless ways to get moving. Regular physical activity is good for everyone's health, and people of all ages and body types can be physcially active.

Here are just a few benefits of physical activity: Children & adolescents - Physical activity can improve muscular fitness, bone health, and heart health; Adults - Physical activity can lower the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer; Older adults - Physical activity can lower the risk of falls and improve cognitive functioning (like learning and judgment skills).

Here are a few links to checkout to get you started -

President's Council on Sprots, Fitness & Nutrition - Physical Activity - Food and Nutrition

USDA SuperTracker tool


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National Barbecue Month:

Barbecue Month with skewers of veggies and chicken on a bbq grill - In the month of May, it’s time to truly embrace the start of summer with Barbecue – or barbeque – month! Barbecue month was made to observe and celebrate the wonders of the BBQ. A great way of cooking meat, this age-old culinary technique is waiting for you to discover in May – and if you’re in a sunnier part of the world, it’s certainly a good excuse to get friends and family round to share the experience!

The History of Barbecue Month

Humans have been cooking meat over a flame for centuries, but exactly where the idea of cooking meat over a grill came from isn’t clear. Supposedly, when Columbus discovered the Americas, he found that many of the natives were roasting meat over a wooden grill. This would give the meat a smoky flavor as it cooked.

Today, it’s such a popular method of preparing meat that there’s a whole range of barbecue cookers you can get hold of – and plenty of different styles. Small ones can often be seen in homeowner’s back gardens, where they are perfect for catering for small gatherings, whereas large ones seen in commercial settings can be so big that they can cook an entire hog!

If anywhere is most keen on a barbecue, it’s the United States. It’s not uncommon to find that barbecue is not just kept to one season – such as in the UK, where the barbecues tend to only come out during the summer months. All year round, in many parts of the USA you can get hold of deliciously, smoked and barbecued meat. And if there’s a public celebration, you can bet your bottom dollar that there’s going to be barbecues to feed the masses.

How to Celebrate Barbecue Month

Since barbecuing is not a difficult method of cooking, this is a great month for you to try it out – even if you’re not really much of a cook! Dust off the barbecue and get your friends and family round for a feast. Make sure to check up on the internet to find some great barbecue recipes, and make sure there’s something for vegetarians to sink their teeth into too! And of course, make sure there’s some homemade BBQ sauce to hand to keep things authentic! ---