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Getting Fit with the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition

The President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition is here to challenge you to join the healthy living movement - through the Department of Health and Human Services, First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move!, America's Great Outdoors, or one of the many programs across the nation and in your community.

Getting Fit with the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition

First Lady Michelle Obama jumps rope during a President's Council on Physical Fitness, Sports and Nutrition event at Bell Multicultural High School in Washington, D.C., June 23, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)

Many of you have heard about my gymnastics career or even saw me grow up TV. But what you may not know is that following my Olympic achievements, I have dedicated my time to educating others about the importance of physical and emotional health.

So, today I feel blessed to have the opportunity to co-chair the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition with Drew Brees.

If you have never heard of the President's Council before, that's OK, but you will hear a lot more from us now. Earlier in the day yesterday, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius swore in members of the new and improved Council established by President Obama and the First Lady. The First Lady later led Council members and children in a series of fitness and nutrition activities, including jumping rope, juggling and making healthy snacks.

We have a new charge that not only focuses on getting Americans active, but also promotes the collective responsibility, accountability and health benefits of good nutrition. Good nutrition is key to being healthy, fit and strong. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, choosing whole grains and drinking water will give you the energy to power through your day.

Getting Fit with the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition

First Lady Michelle Obama talks with students at the trail mix station during the President's Council on Physical Fitness, Sports and Nutrition event at the Bell Multicultural High School in Washington, D.C., June 23, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)

We are challenging the American people to take control of their health. Think about how you get from one place to the next - choose to bike or walk with co-workers instead of drive, to play with your friends in the park instead of turning on the computer after school, to do sit ups while watching TV (if you must watch TV), or to plant a garden with your neighbors instead of watching the grass grow, and eating those vegetables for lunch and dinner each day.

Everyone has an important role to play in this effort, and today we are calling on all Americans to choose to move and to help educate and activate those around you, including your children, your parents and grandparents, your co-workers, your co-worshippers, your neighbors, your entire community. It is our goal to make healthy eating and safe play accessible, affordable and attractive for everyone regardless of age, background or ability.

The first step is the most important step, and the next steps are always easier after that. Welcome to our new Fit Nation. It's your turn. You're It so Get Fit! Visit www.fitness.gov to learn more.