Fitness Programmes in the 1960s: Dennis the Menace, Mr. Wilson’s Uncle

When I say mid-century fitness programme, you’re probably thinking of Jack LaLanne’s long running programme broadcast across the USA. While this is a fair assumption to make, old Jackie boy was not the only individual concerned with improving America’s health and wellbeing. Broadcast in 1962, the following ‘Dennis the Menace’ episode revolves around fitness for middle-aged Americans. Coming at a time of great societal concern surrounding men’s health, a point detailed in our post on President Kennedy, Dennis seeks to help his family improve their health through tips, tricks and teasing.

If nothing else, it’s a quaint look at fitness advice from the 1960s.

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