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FACT SHEET: SGMA's 13th National Health Through Fitness Day

Date: 1/23/12

Sporting Goods Industry Plans Congressional Meetings on March 7
Former Football Great Herschel Walker to Chair Event
 Celebrity Athletes Ready to ‘Walk the Halls of Congress’ for Physical Activity
Awards Reception in U.S. Capitol on March 6


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 U.S. Open & British Open golf champion Johnny Miller; former Wimbledon & U.S. Open tennis champ Stan Smith; former Major League Baseball pitcher Tommy John; PGA Hall of Fame golfer Gary Player; NFL Pro Bowl wide receiver Steve Smith (Carolina Panthers); ex-NHL star/current ice hockey commentator Jeremy Roenick; WNBA star Tamika Catchings; Team USA softball star Monica Abbott; U.S. Olympic middle distance runner Jenny Simpson; LPGA superstar Stacy Lewis; and former NFL players Ken Harvey, John Booty and Aaron Beasley, among others.


13th 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.    


Wednesday, March 7


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)



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.



On Tuesday, March 6th, 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 – Room: SVC212-210………..Former Washington Redskins player Ken Harvey and Philadelphia Eagles player John Booty will each be presented with SGMA’s Lifetime Achievement Awards “in recognition of their lifelong commitment to promoting physical education and active lifestyles in America”…..SGMA will recognize Congressmen Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Mike McIntyre (D-NC) with its Congressional Health & Fitness Awards for their “promotion of healthy and active lifestyles in America”…….. To keep up to date on what's happening with SGMA and SGMA's National Health Through Fitness Day, follow us on Twitter @TheSGMA…….We will be using the hash tag #nhtf12 for anything NHTF Day related……You are also encouraged and invited to be a 'fan' of National Health Through Fitness Day on our Facebook page to let your friends know that you support a physically active lifestyle.

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