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6-pack Barack Obama offers nation advice on physical fitness--or else

A smiling Democrat President Barack Obama recommends physical activity for better health

Posted from the couch via BlackBerry to avoid getting up:

Presidential Proclamation for National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

A morning walk in the neighborhood or Saturday game of catch with a child can brighten the day. Simple activities like these also contribute to our physical fitness. As the weather warms and invites us outside, I encourage Americans to consider the many simple ways to add physical fitness activities to our lives.

Incorporating these habits can put a smile on your face, and it can also improve your long-term health and well-being.

This issue deserves our attention because physical activity can help curtail the rise in chronic diseases facing our Nation today. Among children and adolescents, regular physical activity can improve bone health and muscular fitness. Physical activity also helps prevent childhood obesity, which is a serious threat to our Nation's health.

Among adults young and old, physical activity has been shown to combat obesity, while reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke and certain cancers. Even moderate amounts of physical activity can reduce the risk of premature death. All Americans should understand the significant benefits physical activity provides.From the very start of his presidential campaign Democrat Barack Obama has been involved in physical activities for good health

Individuals, employers, and communities can take steps to promote physical fitness. Depending on his or her ability, every American can try to be healthier by, for example, walking or biking to work if it is nearby, being active during free time and eating healthier meals.

Employers can raise awareness and incorporate physical activity in the workplace, and communities can promote access to recreational activities and parks.

The Department of Health and Human Services' Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans are designed to help Americans of various ages and abilities engage in physical activity that can be incorporated easily into their daily lives.

More information about the Guidelines is available at:

To encourage attention to physical fitness, the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports sponsors the National President's Challenge, a six-week competition to determine America's most active State. The Challenge extends from May 1 through July 24 this year.

I encourage Americans to register for the Challenge at and to begin recording activity to help their State win this year's competition.

By learning about the benefits of physical fitness, staying motivated, and being active and eating healthy, more Americans can live healthier, longer, and happier lives.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 2009, as National Physical Fitness and Sports Month.

I call upon the American people to take control of their health and wellness by making physical activity, fitness and sports participation an important part of their daily lives. I encourage individuals, businesses, and community organizations to renew their commitment to personal fitness and health by celebrating this month with appropriate events and activities.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-third.

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Photo credits: Associated Press (top-Working out his left arm brings a smile to the face of Obama); (middle-Obama has been into physical activity since the very beginning of his presidential campaign); (Bottom-Another left arm workout does not bring a smile).

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But What About Fiscal Fitness?

Under Obama's plan he will raise taxes by over 800 billion dollars, once we swallow the stimulus bait, in an economy that may be on the verge of going into a recession while the Stock market seems to teeter on the brink. Does he not know enough about history that he does not remember Herbert Hoover?
In 1929 an Herbert Hoover raised taxes in the midst of an economic and Wall Street crisis. Economists will tell you that that piece of genius made a bad recession roll over into the Great Depression. Here we are a mere 80 years later and Obama has forgotten this devastating lesson from history.

At the same time he will deficit spend far more than that per year in his first four years as president, to the tune of $5 trillion or triple the 8 years of Bush deficits, destroying the value of the U.S. dollar. Perhaps we too will soon be using wheelbarrows full of money to pay for a loaf of bread.

Historical precedent is why the EU President calls Obamas tax and spend plans "the path to hell" and why even France and Germany are actively calling for Obama to reverse course.

Obama Deficits & Taxes = Depression

Since nationalized health care kind of sucks I guess I understand why he is pushing physical fitness. If we stay healthy then we don't have to go in to be tortured by the system he will be creating.


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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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