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Policy Corner: ACSM Forms Advocacy Coalition for Physical Activity Guidelines Bill

The U.S. Congress is currently considering legislation (H.R. 3851, S. 1810) to require the Department of Health and Human Services to publish national physical activity guidelines at least once every five years, as they do with dietary guidelines. As science and medicine clearly demonstrate the benefits of physical activity and exercise, ACSM believes all Americans deserve to know how much exercise they need to promote health and combat obesity.

In order to support the efforts of Congress to pass the legislation, ACSM has formed a coalition of supportive organizations whose main goal is to pass physical activity guidelines legislation. The Federal Physical Activity Guidelines Coalition (tagline: “It’s Time for America to Move”) will create opportunities and provide Congress with the resources they need to advance the legislation. Key organizations who have already signed on as partners include:

State/Community Partners
Georgia Soccer
EMH Center for Health & Fitness
Massachusetts Association of Clinical Exercise Physiologists
Michigan Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

National Partners
American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation
American Council on Exercise
American Heart Association
International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association
Medical Fitness Association
National Association for Heath & Fitness
National Association for Sport and Physical Education
National Athletic Trainers Association
Plus One
Pop Warner Little Scholars
Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association
The Active Network
The Healing Moves Foundation
Up2Us
United States Rollerskating
Youth Fitness Coalition, Inc.

If you, as an ACSM member, are a member of another professional organization with an interest in this issue, please consider working with their leadership and sending a letter of endorsement to ACSM to join the coalition. E-mail Sean Keefer, ACSM’s director of government relations and global policy at skeefer@acsm.org or 317-352-3843 for more information.

ACSM expects to publicly launch the coalition in the coming weeks and looks forward to working with all of you to pass this important physical activity guidelines legislation. more


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