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Policy Corner: We Need Your Help to Gain Support for U.S. Physical Activity Guidelines

Your senators and representative need to hear from you regarding physical activity guidelines legislation. Can you take a moment and ask your senators/representative to co-sponsor federal physical activity guidelines legislation?

Senators Harkin and Wicker introduced the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Act (S. 531) in the Senate and Representatives Kind and Schock introduced the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Act (H.R. 2179) in the House. The bills are identical and would direct the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to prepare and promote physical activity guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence at least every ten years.

S. 531/H.R. 2179 would also direct HHS, five years after the release of each set of guidelines, to publish a midcourse report highlighting best practices and continuing issues relating to physical activity among Americans. Given the strong base of science and medicine that shows the benefits of exercise, every American needs to know the current physical activity recommendations to promote health and combat obesity.

Please click here to ask your senators/representative to support S. 531/H.R. 2179. Feel free to use the sample language provided, or to edit the subject and text to reflect your individual views. Thank you for taking this step in the interest in better health and fitness for all Americans.

For more information on ACSM's policy program, please contact Monte Ward, vice president for government relations: mward@acsm.org. more


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