Magazine article Parks & Recreation

DOD Kicks off Fitness Month

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

DOD Kicks off Fitness Month

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To celebrate National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, Mr. Fred Pang, assistant Secretary of Defense (Force Management Policy); Ms. Carolyn Becraft, deputy assistant secretary of defense (Personnel Support, Education and Families); and Ms. Sandra Perlmutter, executive director of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, visited the Fort Myers Fitness Center in Arlington, Virginia, on May 20.

They were impressed by the available choices to patrons, which included five wood-floor and glass-wall racquetball courts, an indoor track, a large selection of cardiovascular and strength machines, and the multipurpose gymnasium.

Of particular interest to the visitors, however, was the architectural design, which has met strict historical building specifications, and the modern use of natural lighting.

"It was not surprising that the Department of Defense was the first federal agency to embrace the findings of the Surgeon General's Report on Physical Activity and Health," said Perlmutter, "as well as to develop a specific action plan for increasing the physical activity levels of the military workforce and their families."

Pang and Perlmutter announced their collaborative effort, under the Department of Defense's Operation Be Fit initiative, to explore a special Defense Department award in conjunction with the successful Presidential Sports Award of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

Pang was confident that this would be the first of many future partnerships with the President's Council in its campaign to get all Americans more physically active. …

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