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Wednesday
May222013

House to Introduce The Physical Activity Guidelines Act

Summit Success: House Set to Introduce The Physical Activity Guidelines Act
As proof that making one’s voice heard on Capitol Hill does make a difference, the House of Representatives has announced that it will introduce the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Act later this month (estimated date is May 23). Attendees of the Summit specifically asked their House representatives to introduce the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Act. (Click here for a complete list of legislation advocated for during the Summit). 

The bill requires the federal government to update the U.S. physical activity guidelines at least every ten years, while compiling five-year midcourse reports that highlight specific groups, issues, concerns, or practices. Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI) and Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL) will introduce the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Act. It is expected that the language will be identical to S. 531, introduced earlier by Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Roger Wicker (R-MS).

IHRSA would like to commend and thank Summit attendees for their efforts to get Congress to enact policies that will help more Americans recognize the importance of regular exercise. Keep up the good work.

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