Let's Move on Course
'Let's Move on Course!' reflects The PGA of America's continual support of Michelle Obama's 'Let's Move!' campaign, which attempts to combat childhood obesity by encouraging healthier food alternatives for children, as well as aiming to increase children's opportunities for physical activity.
This year Hospital for Special Surgery will once again provide pedometers to attendees of the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid and the PGA Championship. Championship spectators and anyone at home with a pedometer can log their steps to determine the distance they walked in a day, calories burned and more.
For more information visit 'Let's Move on Course!'
The PGA of America Partners with Notah Begay III Foundation to Help Fight Childhood Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes With Native American Youth
In the fall of 2011, The PGA of America and the Notah Begay III Foundation launched a partnership to host a series of “Play Golf Native America” events at Native American-owned golf facilities in New York, California and Oklahoma. The goal of the partnership is to create more opportunities for Native Americans to receive culturally appropriate junior golf programming, access to golf equipment and golf courses, and fitness and nutrition programming to help Native American youth and their families enjoy the sport of golf for a lifetime.
Health and wellness are at the forefront of the partnership as The PGA and the NB3 Foundation look to create awareness to help fight childhood obesity and Type 2 diabetes. The PGA Sports Academy junior golf curriculum is utilized in the golf programs to help Native American youth learn and have fun developing the necessary physical and motor skills for golf through sports and activities. The Play Golf Native America events, and follow-up NB3 Foundation and PGA programs, are designed to keep Native American youth and their families engaged with fitness and nutrition on and off the golf course.
'Help Us Turn the Tide Against the Epidemic of Childhood Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes Among Native American Youth One Swing at a Time'
Play Golf Native America Day November 19 at Tukwet Canyon GC in Beaumont, Calif.
Get Moving with Golf
Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh determined the total caloric expenditure for a round of golf (18-holes) to be approximately 2,000 calories for walking and carrying clubs. Additionally, walking 18 holes can also meet the daily recommendation of 10,000 steps (five miles). Health and fitness experts advocate that taking 10,000 steps per day will improve overall fitness and help control weight gain.
Ultimately, The PGA of America wants everyone to recognize the health benefits associated with walking the golf course and playing the game of golf. The PGA has created two great resources that will help kids and adults get active and eating right on and off the golf course.
The PGA Fitness Trail
PGA Sports Academy “Fit for Golf”
Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA)
Golf is game that can be played by people of all body types. In order to play longer and enjoy the game more, it helps to be in good physical condition. To gauge just how important health and fitness is to golf, just watch players on the PGA Tour, Champions Tour and LPGA Tour flock to the fitness trailers available on-site at each tournament. Many players even have their own personal fitness instructor who oversees their workout routines and diets.
All this focus on health and fitness validates the example set by PGA Hall of Fame member Gary Player, who has long served as a vocal and passionate advocate of fitness.
'There are many reasons players like Tiger Woods and Annika Sorenstam are shooting these wonderful low scores,' said Player. 'But I believe you cannot overestimate the role that exercise and proper diet plays in all this.'
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