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.
To gear up for the elections, presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama headed to New York Sports Clubs (NYSC) on August 26 for a voter-themed workout. Well, sort of. Obama and McCain look-alikes participated in “Voterobics 2008,” an exercise program designed to highlight the connection between the presidency, exercise and U.S. health and wellness.
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Yvonne Jones, department head of health and fitness at Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA in Encinitas, California, describes herself as a “poster child” for the mentoring concept. In 14 years, Jones went from being a student in the back row to being instructor, coordinator, supervisor, director and then department head.
Fitness and sports equipment manufacturer Power Systems’ Charity Warehouse Sale has raised more than $20,000 for Special Olympics Tennessee. Originally started in 2005, the Charity Warehouse Sale “allows local fitness and sports performance professionals and enthusiasts the opportunity to purchase training equipment at discounted prices, with all proceeds benefiting Special Olympics,” according to a press release. The event’s success continues to grow; this year’s
total quadrupled the amount raised in the previous sale.