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Policy Corner: Physical Activity Guidelines Act Goes to Senate Committee Tomorrow

Tomorrow, the Promoting Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Act goes to the Senate HELP (Health, Education, Labor and Pensions) committee for review. The act makes provisions for the review and update of the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), at least every 10 years. The bill is supported by the American College of Sports Medicine and a number of other national organizations and sport governing bodies. The act will:
  • Require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to publish a report that provides physical activity recommendations at least every 10 years based on the latest scientific evidence
  • Midway through each 10-year cycle, a second report would highlight “best practices and continuing issues in the physical activity arena, which may focus on a particular group…or a particular issue relating to the physical activity of Americans”
  • Help fight the growing obesity epidemic by recommending separate exercise guidelines for children, adults, seniors and people with disabilities
Once the act has been passed by the committee, it will next move to the Senate floor for vote. The act (S. 531/H.R. 2179) was introduced in the Senate by Senator Tom Harkin and Senator Roger Wicker, and a companion bill was introduced in the House by Representative Ron Kind and Representative Aaron Schock. more

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