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Top 5 Reasons U.S. Policy Makers Get Active 

Last Thursday, IHRSA sponsored the #WhyGetActive Health Policy Fair, hosted by the Congressional Fitness Caucus. The event took place on Capitol Hill and brought together policy makers and physical activity advocates with the goal of advancing policies that promote and encourage physical activity.

The day-long event featured interactive exhibits from IHRSA members and IHRSA allies, free body composition screenings, massages, and a group workout. The event was attended by a number of congresional staffers and five members of Congress: Rep. Bob Dold (IL), Rep. Ron Kind (WI), Rep. Brenda Lawrence (MI), Rep. Carolos Cubelo (FL), and Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR). 

IHRSA staff was there to promote the benefits—both physical and fiscal—that health clubs provide to the country, and encourage attendees to participate in the #WhyGetActive white board campaign. The inspirational #WhyGetActive campaign provides a platform for individuals to share their compelling reasons for being physically active to encourage all Americans to incorporate more exercise into their daily habits and lifestyles.

Here are the top five reasons U.S. policy makers and activity advocates gave for purusing a physically active lifestyle themselves. 

1. To live a long, healthy life 

2. To maintain good health 

Rep. Robert Dold (IL)

3. For happiness or mental health

4. To continue purusing hobbies  

5. For their kids or grand kids

Rep. Brenda Lawrence (MI)

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