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SGMA's 9th National-Health-through-Fitness Day Fact Sheet

Date: 2/25/08

WHO: Sports celebrities, sporting goods manufacturers, sporting goods retailers, PE teachers, association leaders, and ‘friends of the industry.’ Some of the sports celebrities who will participate include Walker, NFL Hall of Fame tight end Kellen Winslow (Chargers); former NBA superstar Clyde Drexler (Trail Blazers & Rockets); ex NHL player Warren Young (Penguins & Blues); 2007 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Bob Sanders (Colts); current NFL quarterback Jason Campbell (Redskins); U.S. Olympic medal-winning gymnast Dominique Dawes; U.S. women’s Olympic & World Cup soccer standout Julie Foudy; and baseball Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter (Expos, Mets, Giants & Dodgers).

WHAT: 9th Annual National Health-through-Fitness Day in Washington, D.C. Meet with members of Congress to encourage passage of two bills that will help Americans (of all ages) become more physically active. (1) Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) Bill, which provides grants to school districts to support innovative physical education methods; (2) PHIT (Personal Health Investment Today) Act, which will encourage improved health through increased physical activity for all Americans by making it more affordable to play sports and engage in physical fitness and recreation activities -- through the use of tax incentives.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 12, 2008

WHERE: Briefing Breakfast – 7:30 am to 9:00 am @ Westin-Washington, D.C. City Center (1400 ‘M’ Street, N.W.; Washington, D.C.); 202-429-1700 Congressional Lobbying on Capitol Hill – 9:30 am – 5:00 pm Senate Office Buildings (Hart, Dirksen, and Russell) House Office Buildings (Rayburn, Cannon, and Longworth)

WHY: The PHIT Act is a step in the right direction to reverse the obesity trend plaguing this country – where 129.6 million Americans are overweight, obese, and/or physically inactive. And the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report more than 50% of American adults don’t get the recommended amount of physical activity. “With the PHIT Act and PEP grants, SGMA has a chance to work with the U.S. Congress to send a serious message about the importance of regular physical activity. This legislation could possibly lead to the cultural change needed to revolutionize the nation’s attitude about physical fitness,” said Bill Sells, SGMA’s director of government relations. “Too many people are overweight due to inactivity and that trend needs to be halted. If not, the CDC estimates our nation’s health care costs will reach $4 trillion by 2015.”

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