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Herschel Walker, Goose Gossage, Pat LaFontaine, & Carl Lewis Amid Legendary Athletes to Participate in 2016 SFIA NHTF Day

Date: 2/19/16

February 19, 2016 – Silver Spring, MD – The Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), PHIT America, the America College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), celebrity athletes, industry executives, P.E. teachers, the fitness community, and other physical activity supporters will converge on Capitol Hill, March 15-16 for 2016 National Health Through Fitness (NHTF) Day.

An impressive group of athletes are confirmed to attend this year’s event including, football legend/Heisman Trophy winner and honorary chairman of NHTF Day – Herschel Walker, nine-time Olympic track & field gold medalist – Carl Lewis, nine-time MLB All Star Player – Goose Gossage, NHL Hall of Famer – Pat LaFontaine, PGA Tour Professional – Matt Bettencourt, former NFL defensive back – John Booty, 1974 National League MVP – Steve Garvey, four-time NFL Pro-Bowl selection – Ken Harvey, USA Olympic Weightlifter – Cara Heads-Slaughter, retired Major League Baseball pitcher – Tommy John, former boxing champion & celebrity trainer – Danny Musico, and former NFL Pro Bowl cornerback – Shawn Springs.

In its sixteenth year, NHTF Day is the industry’s signature Washington, DC event to garner support for key legislative initiatives to increase physical activity in America. Raising awareness of the nation's inactivity pandemic and building Congressional support for the PHIT Act will be principal goals for this year's Capitol Hill Day effort. Ensuring funding for physical education to support quality and innovative physical education in schools and updating the Physical Activity Recommendations (PAR) will be other key areas of focus.

“We are incredibly honored to have such strong support from legendary athletes next month on Capitol Hill for National Health Through Fitness Day,” said SFIA’s vice president of government & public affairs, Bill Sells. “Having this group help us raise awareness of the nation’s inactivity pandemic and cultivate support for the PHIT Act speaks volumes to each athlete’s life-long dedication to health and fitness and their commitment to forging a pathway toward an active lifestyle for Americans of all ages,” added Sells.

For more information about NHTF Day or to register, please visit http://www.sfia.org/nhtf.

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