NAPW Members Recognize National Physical Fitness and Sports Month at May Networking Events

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Local Chapter events nationwide raised awareness about the importance of getting physical

During Physical Fitness and Sports Month, our Local Chapters encouraged members to put themselves first by dedicating time to exercise. The benefits are quite empowering.

NAPW members took fitness to the next level in May at networking events around the country by discovering new ways to stay fit and get healthy. Local Chapters empowered professional women by offering expert advice, informative tips and energetic workouts. Together, members and their guests powered up both physically and mentally, and worked together to set new goals for living a healthier lifestyle.

“May was Physical Fitness and Sports Month and the professional women of NAPW worked it out and fueled each other with fitness power,” said NAPW President Star Jones. “Chapter members stepped it up, making their health and wellness a priority. As the primary caregiver in most families, it is imperative women put their health first.”

In NAPW’s Central Region, Local Chapters found creative ways to get the message about the importance of physical fitness to its members. Personal trainers, fitness coaches and other experts shared their knowledge with members and guests at networking events in Akron and Columbus, OH; Indianapolis, IN; Lexington, KY; Orland Park, IL; Gulf Coast, MS, and Madison, WI. The Austin, TX, Chapter welcomed Karen Aston, University of Texas Women’s Basketball Coach, who challenged members to get active.

Professional women in Forest Hills, NY, a Local Chapter in NAPW’s Eastern Region, hit the dance floor and got moving Zumba-style, while a Dance for the Cause event in Orlando, FL, raised proceeds for NAPW Foundation charities. Mental and physical health were also discussions topics at Pembroke Pines and St. Petersburg, FL, networking events.

“As women, we tend to always put ourselves at the bottom of the queue when it comes to our own personal health,” said Louise Newsome, NAPW National Director of Local Chapters and NYC Chapter President. “During Physical Fitness and Sports Month, our Local Chapters encouraged members to put themselves first by dedicating time to exercise. The benefits are quite empowering.”

At Local Chapter events in NAPW’s Western Region, professional women joined together to take charge of their health. Practical tips and advice from fitness coaches, health experts and personal trainers, along with connecting with other professional women, inspired members and guests in Los Angeles, San Jose, Simi Valley, Santa Clarita and Walnut Creek, CA; Kansas City, KS; Plano, TX, Salt Lake City, UT, and Seattle, WA, to get fit and stay healthy.

“Women are busy. We take care of everything and everyone—balancing work and life and everything in between, said Ms. Jones. We often miss the most important aspect of our lives: ourselves. The most important thing about your life is the way you live it. Neglecting your health is the worst thing you can do to yourself.”

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NAPW defines success as "owning your own power." As the largest, most-recognized networking organization of professional women in the country, spanning virtually every industry and profession, the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) is a powerfully vibrant networking community with more than 700,000 members and over 200 Local Chapters. NAPW members have diverse backgrounds, beliefs, perspectives and lifestyles with one common bond – their ability to succeed. NAPW's mission is to provide an exclusive, highly advanced networking forum to successful women executives, professionals and entrepreneurs where they can aspire, connect and achieve. Through innovative resources, unique tools and progressive benefits, professional women interact, exchange ideas, advance their knowledge and empower each other.

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