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FACT SHEET: SGMA's 12th National Health Through Fitness Day

Date: 1/19/11

 Sporting Goods Industry Plans Congressional Meetings on March 2 

Former Football Great Herschel Walker to Chair Event

Six Hall of Fame Athletes Ready to 'Walk the Halls of Congress' for P.E.

Many Former Olympic Medalists to Attend 

Sportscaster Bonnie Bernstein to MC Reception in U.S. Capitol on March 1


WHO:  Sports celebrities, sporting goods manufacturers, fitness manufacturers, sporting goods retailers, fitness retailers, PE teachers, association leaders, and ‘friends of the industry.’  Some of the early celebrity commitments include football legend Herschel Walker; former Wimbledon and U.S. Open tennis champ Stan Smith; Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith; LPGA Hall of Famer Annika Sörenstam; Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Art Monk; global golfing great Gary Player; former Cy Young Award runner-up John Tudor; Olympic gymnastic medalist/World Champion Alicia Sacramone; current WBA super middleweight world champion Andre Ward; Olympic softball gold medalists Michele Smith and Natasha Watley; Olympic speedskating bronze medalist Allison Baver; Olympic middle distance runner Jenny Barringer; and former NFL players Ken Harvey and John Booty.

WHAT: 12th Annual National Health Through Fitness Day in Washington, D.C.
Meet with members of Congress to promote two initiatives that will help Americans (of all ages) adopt more physically active and healthy lifestyles.

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

(2)  Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act
encourages improved health through increased physical activity for all Americans by making activities more affordable -- through the use of tax incentives.   

WHEN: Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Briefing Breakfast: 7:00 am to 9:00 am @ The Madison
(1177 15th Street, NW; Washington, D.C. 20005 – 800.424.8577)

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: With the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reporting that more than 50% of American adults don’t get the recommended amount of physical activity, we need to do more to encourage physically active lifestyles in America.  PEP introduces young people to the importance of physical activity and PHIT will help reverse the obesity trend plaguing America -- where more than 120 million Americans are overweight, obese, and/or physically inactive.

FYI: Tuesday, March 1st…….SGMA will host the National Health Through Fitness Day Award Reception – from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm -- in the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center (inside the U.S. Capitol in SVC 210/212)…….Sportscaster Bonnie Bernstein will be the Master of Ceremonies…..Former tennis legend Stan Smith will be presented with SGMA’s Lifetime Achievement Award “in recognition of his lifelong commitment to promoting physical education and active lifestyles in America”…..SGMA will recognize a few members of Congress with its Congressional Health & Fitness Awards for their “promotion of healthy and active lifestyles in America”


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