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YMCA Promotes Small Steps to a Healthier Lifestyle During America On the Move Week With the YMCA, Sept. 20-27, 2009
Date:9/16/2009

National Week-Long Campaign Aims to Inspire Americans to Achieve Lasting Healthy Lifestyle Changes

CHICAGO, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- YMCA of the USA encourages Americans of all ages to participate in activities that promote healthy living during America On the Move Week with the YMCA, Sept. 20 through Sept. 27. More than 1,400 YMCAs will join with the America On the Move Foundation in a collaborative effort to improve the health of communities across the country.

The YMCA, the nation's leading not-for-profit community service organization, and the America On the Move Foundation, a national nonprofit dedicated to improving health and quality of life are working together to encourage individuals to take small steps toward achieving and maintaining healthier lifestyles. During America On the Move Week with the YMCA, families and individuals can participate in a variety of individual and group activities that increase daily physical activity and encourage making smarter food choices. Each day, participants can track their number of steps or step equivalents while engaging in any form of physical activity, such as walking, swimming, biking and dancing, and other group or family activities that promote well-being, such as eating together as a family.

"Helping Americans maintain a healthy lifestyle is critical to the nation's efforts to reverse the growing rates of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes, which pose a tremendous burden on the nation's health care system," said Neil Nicoll, president and CEO of YMCA of the USA. "These conditions are among the most prevalent and costly of all diseases, but they are also among the most preventable. Through America On the Move Week with the YMCA, YMCAs are highlighting the work they do every day to help individuals and families achieve and maintain healthier lifestyles at home, work, school and through
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