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Wednesday
Nov072012

President Obama Re-Elected, IHRSA Looks Forward

President Barack Obama won re-election yesterday over his Republican challenger, former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney. Both candidates led hard-fought campaigns and the result is certainly viewed as a "victory" by some and a "loss" by others. Throughout this election campaign season, however, IHRSA has remained scrupulously bipartisan, steadfast in our belief that promoting physical activity is a unifying issue.

The health crises facing this Administration and incoming Congress are great, and require bipartisan cooperation to solve. Obesity rates remain higher than ever, sedentary lifestyles are becoming the norm and as a result, chronic diseases are burdening the American health care system and driving up health care costs.

IHRSA will work with both branches to develop strategic plans for making physical activity, primary prevention and wellness fundamental components to the nation’s health care system. Numerous studies show that exercise is medicine when it comes to preventable diseases. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people who are physically active tend to live longer and have lower risk for heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression, and some cancers. Physical activity can also help with weight control, and may improve academic achievement in students.

IHRSA will again work with allies in Congress to pass legislation that promotes the health club industry and increases the number of Americans who exercise. Notably, all of the bills IHRSA introduced in this current session, including the Workforce Health Improvement Program Act (WHIP), the Personal Health Improvement Today Act (PHIT) and the Preventive Health Savings Act of 2012 received considerable bipartisan support.

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