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Capitol Hill Effort Tomorrow, Tuesday, March 4, to Promote Policies That Will Encourage Healthy, Active Lifestyles

Tomorrow, ACSM will join together with five Olympic gold medalists, two Super Bowl champions, one Heisman Trophy winner, one Olympic silver medalist, more than 100 leaders from organizations in the sports and fitness industries and athletes from MLB, NHL, NBA, USA Swimming, Easton, Puma, ASICS, Evoshield, Polar, Franklin, Speedo and Under Armour. Why? To meet with the U.S. Congress and request support for federal legislation to help our country win its own “battle of the bulge” and reverse the current "inactivity pandemic." The event is the 16th Annual National Health Through Fitness Day in Washington, D.C. The day is organized by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association in partnership with the American College of Sports Medicine and sponsored by Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) America.

On National Health Through Fitness Day, a delegation of celebrity athletes, sporting goods and fitness manufacturers, sports retailers, concerned citizens, physical educators and association leaders will meet with members of Congress to encourage passage of three legislative initiatives to help all Americans become more physically fit:

(1) The Physical Activity Recommendations (PAR), which promotes awareness of the types and amounts of physical activity that Americans, of all ages and physical aptitudes, should perform to gain important health benefits.

(2) Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP), which provides grants to school districts and community based organizations to support innovative physical education and activity methods (change from semi-colon to period).

(3) The PHIT Act (Personal Health Investment Today Act) will encourage improved health through increased physical activity for all Americans by making it more affordable to participate in sports and engage in physical fitness and recreation activities – through the use of tax incentives. The PHIT Act will help prevent illness and costs associated with the obesity and sedentary crisis.

For more information, please contact Monte Ward at mward@acsm.org. more


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