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New Legislation Introduced to Establish Physical Activity Recommendations

Last Thursday, U.S. Senators Patty Murray (Washington) and Roger Wicker (Mississippi) introduced the Promoting Physical Activity for Americans Act, legislation that would establish physical activity recommendations for children and adults. The bipartisan legislation would call on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to issue physical activity recommendations based on the latest scientific and medical evidence every 10 years. The bill also directs HHS, five years after the release of each set of recommendations, to update reports that highlight continuing physical activity issues.

Regular physical activity recommendations would complement the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which were first released in 1980, and would ensure HHS continues the legacy of the Physical Activity Guidelines that were released in 2008. ACSM played a leadership role in the development of the 2008 guidelines and strongly supports this new bill, which will ensure that the guidelines remain current. ACSM has worked closely with Senator Wicker and Senator Murray to ensure that the legislation accomplishes its goal to get America active. In addition, ACSM will continue to lead supporters of the legislation to build a strong coalition devoted to passage of the bill. more


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