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Obama’s Personal Trainer Kicks Off ‘Active Lifestyle’ Initiative in Illinois

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Cornell McClellan

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (IRN) – President Obama’s personal trainer and a member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition stopped in Illinois to kick off a national initiative to get the young and old active.

Speaking in Chicago, Cornell McClellan says getting active and fit can be as easy as gardening and yard work, or even walking the dog.

“It could be walking the dogs, it could be riding their bikes, it could be just playing a game of tag, touch football, flag football, soccer, gardening, anything that they would do,” McClellan said.

The President’s Active Lifestyle Award can be achieved by anyone and you can keep track of your progress at www.presidentchallange.com. Adults must achieve 30 minutes of physical activity a day, five days per week for six weeks. Children must be active for at least 60 minutes a day, five days a week for six weeks. Those who achieve those goals are eligible for a certificate from the president.

April is National Minority Health Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control, health disparities that affect racial and ethnic minorities, such as childhood obesity, are a determining factor of their educational attainment. Over the last 30 years, childhood obesity has more than tripled in the U.S. with racial and ethnic minorities especially affected.

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