Bala Cynwyd, PA - The American Diabetes Association will launch the inaugural National Get Fit Don’t Sit Day on Wednesday, May 6, 2015. The official day, to take place annually on the first Wednesday in May, encourages organizations across the country to engage their employees in fun and healthy activities that get them out of their chairs and moving. The Association is calling on all Americans, including people with diabetes, to include more movement throughout their work day, whether it’s team activity breaks or taking a quick walk up the office stairs.

The American Diabetes Association is making it simple for organizations to participate and engage their employees by providing access to an e-toolkit complete with posters, preparation tips, desk exercises and social media ideas. Suggested activities include: walking meetings, “lunch-ercise” activity, desk exercises and internal competitions.Additionally, participating companies can earn the Health Champion designation, recognition as a company that shows it cares about wellness.

The American Diabetes Association recommends that everyone, including people with diabetes, get up and get moving at least every 90 minutes. “On average, people spend five hours and 41 minutes of their day sitting at work each week,” said Ann Meredith, Regional Director of the ADA. “Research shows that sitting for long periods of time increases your risk of death from virtually all health problems. It is important that we do not spend our whole day sitting. National Get Fit Don’t Sit Day is the perfect way for organizations to help encourage their employees to get moving for better health.”

The ADA is encouraging companies to join the wellness effort through taking the Get Fit Don’t Sit Day Pledge – to get up and get moving at least every 90 minutes – on May 6th and every day! Companies will inspire and engage employees in fun, healthy activities that get them out of their chairs or simply moving more to improve health and wellness.

To learn more about National Get Fit Don’t Sit Day and to take the Get Fit Don’t Sit Pledge, visitwellnessliveshere.org.

 

Since its inception 75 years ago, the American Diabetes Association has promoted the importance of healthy lifestyle choices as an important way to prevent and manage diabetes. The ADA is leading the fight to stop diabetes and its deadly consequences. The ADA funds research to prevent, manage and cure diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, the ADA mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 800-DIABETES (800-342-2383) or visit diabetes.org. Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish.