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Photo of Children CheeringPhysical activity is defined as any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that results in caloric expenditure. Although the protective effect of a more active lifestyle is seen for both occupational and leisure-time physical activity, the amount of physical activity at work and in the home has declined steadily. For most people, the greatest opportunity for physical activity is during leisure. Unfortunately, 24 percent of men and women aged 18 and older report no leisure-time physical activity.

Children Playing Bocce BallIt is important for those who are sedentary during their leisure-time to take the first step towards developing a pattern of regular physical activity. Public education efforts need to address the specific barriers that inhibit the adoption of physical activity by different population groups.

The New Jersey Council on Physical Fitness and Sports was named the State Council of the Year at the Gold Star Awards Dinner on April 24, 2003. This national award, sponsored by the National Association on Health and Fitness (NAHF), is presented annually to a state council for outstanding achievement. The NAHF is a nonprofit organization that exists to improve the quality of life by promoting physical fitness, sports, and healthy lifestyles. Twenty-nine states have Governor’s/State Councils.

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