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Indianapolis to Celebrate World Day for Physical Activity

by User Not Found | Aug 01, 2011
Fitness classes, lunchtime health activities available

INDIANAPOLIS –  Indianapolis will host one of more than 6,000 events around the globe on April 6, 2009 in recognition of World Day for Physical Activity.  Indianapolis-based American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Institute for Fitness and Sport (NIFS) have partnered to bring a global health initiative to citizens of Indianapolis and its surrounding communities.

The organizations are collaborating to provide health-focused activities for Indianapolis residents of all ages on Monday, April 6 featuring:

  • FREE access to NIFS all day (5:15 a.m. – 10 p.m.)
  • “Passport” to fitness between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m., including health screenings and fun challenges with NIFS fitness professionals
  • Lunchtime nature walk and Zumba® class
  • Kid’s Zone from 3 to 7 p.m.
  • Drum workout, boomer classes, mind/body classes and more!

NIFS is located at 250 University Blvd., on the Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus.

World Day for Physical Activity was created by the South America-based Agita Mundo Network, which has helped mobilize more than one million participants in more than 6,000 events around the world. ACSM, Agita Mundo, and NIFS all recommend at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week, which can be accomplished in 30 minutes/day, five days/week.

Starting an exercise program can include activities as simple as taking a walk after dinner or before work. Regular physical activity can help treat and prevent a host of chronic conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, certain types of cancer, high blood pressure, type II diabetes, depression and more.

“This event gives Indianapolis an opportunity to move and be active simultaneous to the citizens of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and even Dubai and South Africa,” said Jim Whitehead, executive vice president of the American College of Sports Medicine. “Together, we can all learn a little more about health and our personal fitness, and do more to reverse a global obesity epidemic. Just 30 minutes of activity a day can provide tremendous health gains, and enhance longevity and quality of life.”

It’s a message, says NIFS president Jerry Taylor, that NIFS takes to heart.

“For 20 years, NIFS has seen the difference a good fitness program can make in the lives of Hoosiers, so we’re proud to participate in this worthwhile event to draw attention to the benefits of exercise and physical activity,” Taylor said. “We urge everyone to find an activity that is fun and beneficial to their health.”

World Day for Physical Activity participants can get a free t-shirt, healthy snacks, fitness information and resources and complete a Passport to Physical Activity program for a commemorative certificate.


The American College of Sports Medicine is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. More than 35,000 international, national, and regional members and certified professionals are dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine.

The National Institute for Fitness and Sport is dedicated to enhancing human health, physical fitness and athletic performance through research, education and service for people of all ages and abilities. The NIFS mission is carried out through a variety of departments, including Athletic Performance, Corporate Fitness Management, Educational Services, Fitness Center, IU Executive Health, Corporate Wellness & Prevention Program and Youth Development.

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