HCMC Celebrates National Physical Fitnesss & Sports Month

PARIS, TN – Henry County Medical Center is supporting the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition (PCSFN) in honor of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. During the month of May, we challenge all adults to get 30 minutes of physical activity every day.

Did you know that regular physical activity increases your chances of living a longer, healthier life? It also reduces your risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, and some types of cancer.

“Building an exercise routine takes time. Slowly incorporate exercises into your weekly routine starting with a reasonable amount you can build on. Eventually you should be able to incorporate some sort of physical activity into every day,” said Jessica French, Athletic Trainer at the HCMC Center for Wellness & Rehabilitation. “You can start to get active with every day activities such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking farther away from the grocery store and avoid sitting for long periods of time.”

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend that adults aim for 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week. Moderate activity includes things like walking fast, dancing, swimming, and raking leaves. It is also recommended that adults practice muscle-strengthening activities – like lifting weights or using exercise bands – at least 2 days a week.

The PCSFN engages, educates and empowers all Americans to adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical activity and good nutrition. Since 1956, the Council has created and promoted programs and initiatives that motivate people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to be active and eat healthy.

HCMC’s French did a video available on our YouTube channel that talks more in-depth about the importance of physical fitness that you can view here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VlJnYmByvHI

Additionally, be sure to check out our social media channels for posts related to physical fitness during the month of May.

For more information, contact our Center for Wellness & Rehab at 731-642-2411 or go to our website at www.hcmc-tn.org.

About Henry County Medical Center
Located in Paris, TN, Henry County Medical Center is a progressive, integrated healthcare organization committed to serving the healthcare needs of Henry County and the adjoining region.  Including a 142-bed hospital and other facilities, the medical center provides a variety of outpatient services, as well as inpatient care. Additionally, HCMC owns and operates 8 provider clinics in various specialties.  Henry County Medical Center is a county-owned and operated nonprofit institution. For more information: www.hcmc-tn.org.