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Wednesday
Mar162011

IHRSA Resolution to Combat Obesity Through Physical Activity Passes US Senate

Last week, the US Senate demonstrated its support for healthy lifestyles by passing Resolution 97 (SR 97), affirming “the importance of exercise and physical activity as a way of combating obesity, reducing chronic disease and lowering health care costs."

IHRSA worked with Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Richard Burr (R-NC) to introduce the Resolution, which passed by unanimous consent last Wednesday, March 9th. IHRSA applauds Senators Casey and Burr for taking the lead and inspiring the full Senate to commit to healthy lifestyles.

"On behalf of IHRSA clubs, I would like to thank Senators Casey and Burr for their support of this bill, and commitment to prevention and healthy lifestyles,” said Joe Moore, IHRSA President and CEO. "We want Congress to understand and remain vigilant to the cost-saving role that effective disease prevention measures can play in the health care delivery system."

Hopefully this unanimous call to action will set the stage for talks in May, when fitness industry professionals head to Washington, DC to ask lawmakers to support measures to position health clubs as the go-to resource for community health and wellness.

IHRSA allies Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease and the Campaign to End Obesity both provided coverage of SR 97's passage.

Read the full text of the Resolution.