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...
The number of people in the United States who are overweight or obese is steadily increasing and threatens to reverse many of the health gains reported in recent decades. According to government statistics, obesity rates among adults have doubled since 1980, with an estimated 61 percent considered overweight by 1999. The problem is not limited to adults; the number of overweight children and adolescents has tripled since 1980.
It sometimes seems schools around the country are contributing more to sedentary living among today’s youth than they are promoting the benefits of exercise. Only one state—Illinois—requires daily physical education (PE) for all students in kindergarten through 12th grade, while only one other—Alabama—requires daily PE for children in kindergarten through eighth grade, according to the latest Shape of the Nation Report, conducted by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education.