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FACT SHEET: SGMA’s 10th National Health Through Fitness Day

Date: 2/2/09

NHTF Day 2009 Logo

Sporting Goods Industry Plans D.C. Lobby Effort
Tennis Star Stan Smith/Football Great Herschel Walker To Attend

Congressional Support of PEP and PHIT Bills Will Help “Get America Moving”

WHO:     Sports celebrities, sporting goods manufacturers, sporting goods retailers, PE teachers, fitness professionals, association leaders, and ‘friends of the industry’ will attend.  This year’s celebrities include former Heisman trophy winner/NFL legend Herschel Walker; former NFL All-Pro wide receiver Tim Brown; 9-time UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes; former Wimbledon and U.S. Open tennis champ Stan Smith; ex-major league pitcher Dave Stewart (1989 World Series MVP); and Bernie Salazar from NBC’s “The Biggest Loser”…..more than 10 other sports and fitness celebrities are pledged to attend this year’s event.

WHAT:     National Health Through Fitness Day in Washington, D.C.
This is your chance to lobby Congress for passage of legislation that will help Americans (of all ages) become more physically active.  The two bills are:

(1)  Carol M. White Physical Education for Progress (PEP) Bill, which provides grants to school districts to support innovative physical education methods;

(2) Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Bill, 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 pre-tax dollars.  

To attend, go to www.sgma.com or contact Bill Sells: 202.349.9417 or bsells@sgma.com

WHEN:     Wednesday, March 4


  • Briefing Breakfast at Embassy Suites D.C. Convention Center (900 10th Street, N.W.; Washington, D.C.) – 7:30 am to 9:00 am
  • Group Photo in front of U.S. Capitol – 9:30 am
  • Congressional Lobbying on Capitol Hill – 9:45 am – 5:00 pm
    • Senate Office Buildings (Hart, Dirksen, Russell)
    • House Office Buildings (Rayburn, Cannon, Longworth)

WHY:     The PHIT Bill is a step in the right direction of fighting the obesity problem plaguing this country – where 129.6 million Americans are overweight, obese, and/or physically inactive.  And the Center for Disease Control reports more than 50% of U.S. adults don’t get the recommended amount of physical activity.

“The alarming increase in childhood obesity could saddle future generations of Americans with health care costs that severely cripple the future economy,” noted Sells.  “The quality P.E. provided through PEP introduces our young people to active lifestyles in a very positive way which will improve the long term health prospects of our country.”

“With the PHIT and PEP Bills, SGMA has a chance to work with Congress to send a message about the importance of regular physical exercise.  This legislation can help revolutionize the nation’s attitude about physical fitness,” said Bill Sells, SGMA’s Vice President of government relations.  “Too many people are overweight due to inactivity.  That trend needs to be halted.  If not, our nation’s health care costs could reach $4 trillion by 2015.”                               


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