newsletter_teaser: With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, U.S. healthcare policy is placing an unprecedented value on prevention—a field that fitness professionals know well. Yet prevention is not only about averting the onset of disease. The healthcare system struggles with a seemingly unsolvable puzzle: How do we achieve the triple aim of providing high-quality care at an affordable cost to as many people as possible?
In early December we flew to Washington, DC, to attend the Let’s Move! Physical Activity White House briefing. We were invited to this meeting along with many other sports, recreation and fitness organizations, including the National Football League, Major League Baseball, United States Tennis Association, 24 Hour Fitness, International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, American Council on Exercise and Under Armour®, among others.
We probably all know an individual or a family with a loved one who serves or has served in our country’s armed forces. Some of you even have lived or are living the life first-hand. Soldiers are deployed to uncertain circumstances, while their families continue with life at home—counting the days until their soldiers return. Soldiers and their families sacrifice much and ask little.
A press release from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reported that more than 30% of men and women who receive Medicare are considered obese. Medicare will begin offering those individuals obesity screening and counseling as part of a preventive services package under the Affordable Care Act. Primary care physicians administer the screening and then refer eligible individuals for counseling. A referred individual will receive once-
On October 11, 2011, you may have felt the earth shake—and it had nothing to do with a natural seismic event.
As part of her Let’s Move! campaign to fight childhood obesity, First Lady Michelle Obama urged all Americans to join her in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most people performing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period. And they did it! The previous record was set by 20,000 people. An astonishing 300,265 people across the nation helped Mrs.
Are you looking for a way to give back to your community? The American Council on Exercise (ACE) may have a solution. The organization has announced its commitment to “Joining Forces,” a government initiative dedicated to helping families of U.S. service members. ACE’s aim is to help military families improve fitness levels. “In an effort to give back to these families and in the spirit of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move!