While fitness professionals are working at the grassroots level to help people in their communities get healthier, national legislation can make it easier for exercisers and nonexercisers alike to better their lives through activity. As of press time, the following health-related items are being considered on Capitol Hill.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $2 million in grants to the national office of the YMCA. The grants are part of the Steps to a HealthierUS initiative, which aims to reduce the burden of diabetes, overweight, obesity and asthma.
The $2 million in grants, distributed over 4 years, will be awarded in two stages. The first stage will bring together Step...
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has published a report that tackles the childhood obesity epidemic. Preventing Childhood Obesity: Health in the Balance, commissioned by Congress, says the nation must take “immediate action.”
“Our nation has spent many billions of dollars to make incredible health advances related to genetics and other biomedical discoveries,&rdqu...
On June 17, a
first-ever obesity-related walk will take place in Washington, DC. According to
a press release, “Walk from Obesity—Walk on the Capitol” is an effort to bring
national attention to the obesity epidemic in hopes that the government—and the
country as a whole—will take greater strides to combat it.
“The Walk on the Capitol is
intended to send a powerfu...
Lawmakers in Illinois are trying to
support fitness initiatives for children. House Bill 4408 was introduced in the
Illinois House of Representatives on January 11 and would provide a credit of
up to $500 for a taxpayer who enrolls a child (16 years old or younger) in a
qualified physical fitness program. A family with a health club membership
In the fight against
childhood obesity, the school environment has received a good deal of attention
because of its potential to influence a large number of school-aged children
and their families. This school year, a new federal mandate went into effect that
requires school districts throughout...
Congress may have passed a bill increasing minimum wage to $7.25 per hour last month, but hourly workers at health clubs still don't make enough money to earn a living, some in the industry say.
Employees in almost any industry complain that they are not paid enough, but wages for entry-level workers at health clubs are about 10 percent to 15 percent lower than in similar industries...