“Get Fit!” President’s Message: June 1, 2012

By Dr. Mary Campagnolo, MSNJ President

Get Fit!

Though we’re already one day into June, it’s important to note that May was National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, & Nutrition has challenged all of us to include 30 minutes of physical activity as part of our schedules each day. Remind your patients that physical activity not only increases their chances of living longer, it also reduces the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and some types of cancer. The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week. Moderate activity includes walking fast, dancing, or raking leaves. Strengthening activities, like situps and pushups, should be done at least 2 days a week. Getting active results in better sleep, stronger bones, and a lower risk of depression.

Help Our Team in the Fight Against MS!
May is also National Bike Month and I wanted to let you know that I am leading an MSNJ team for Bike MS: City to Shore Ride taking place September 29 & 30.

There are currently 400,000 people living with multiple sclerosis in the United States.  Although there have been incredible advances in research, the world is still only able to offer disease management drugs and therapies to those confronting this disease.  I am proud that MSNJ is supporting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. In addition to research projects around the world, they also provide much needed education, programs, and services for those affected by MS.

I will continue to post updates on the MSNJ Bike MS team. If you are interested in participating as a cyclist or to make a donation, visit the MSNJ Team Page

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About MSNJ

Founded in 1766, the Medical Society of New Jersey is the oldest professional society in the United States. The organization and its dues-paying members are dedicated to a healthy New Jersey, working to ensure the sanctity of the physician–patient relationship. In representing all medical disciplines, MSNJ advocates for the rights of patients and physicians alike, for the delivery of the highest quality medical care. This allows response to the patients’ individual, varied needs, in an ethical and compassionate environment, in order to create a healthy Garden State and healthy citizens.

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