The dangers of sedentary living are making headlines, and government entities are taking notice. Political ideology has its place, but execution is even better. Here’s an update on health- and fitness-related legislative action and advocacy.
You may have found that the Food Guide Pyramid serves as a handy tool to explain the basics of healthy eating to your clients. But note that the times are “a’changin’” and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is going along with the times by revamping the guidelines on which the pyramid is based, to make sure they reflect the latest scientific and medical knowledge. Currently in the revision process, the new guidelines are slated to be published in winter 2005.
Perhaps more help is on the way for personal trainers working against obesity and inactivity.
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tennessee) and Sens. Jeff Bingaman (D-New Mexico) and Christopher Dodd (D-Connecticut) in early June introduced comprehensive legislation aimed at reducing obesity, particularly among children and adolescents.
In February, Congress finalized a 20 percent increase in funding for the Physical Education for Progress program, since renamed the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP). The increase will translate to $60 million in grant money for fiscal year 2003 for local school districts and community organizations. This amount represents an increase of $10 million over last year’s PEP allocation.
In conjunction with the increase in funding for
the Physical Education for Progress (PEP) program, reported last month, officials in Washington have taken giant steps in fostering fitness awareness in the nation’s capital.
The U.S. government had about 17 million reasons to launch the latest in its string of public health and fitness campaigns begun in 2002. That’s the number of Americans with diabetes, type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes.
Released by David Satcher, MD, PhD
U.S. Surgeon General's Call to Action to Prevent and Decrease
November-December 2002 IDEA HEALTH & FITNESS SOURCE
Overweight and obesity have reached nationwide epidemic proportions. Both the prevention and treatment of overweight and obesity and their associated health problems are important public health goals. To achi...