American Heart Association Commends HHS for Advancing Physical Activity Among Young People
Washington, D.C., March 8, 2013 — American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following statement on the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Mid-course Report released today by first lady Michelle Obama:
“The American Heart Association congratulates the Department of Health and Human Services, the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, and the assembled subcommittee for an excellent mid-course report on the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. This report outlines important strategies that will help children be more physically active every day.
This report effectively addresses physical activity in all five critical settings for children – schools, preschools, community, home and family, and primary care environments. The subcommittee also took the important step of including children ages 3-5, even though they were not incorporated into the original physical activity guidelines.
Many of the recommendations outlined by the subcommittee are important priorities for the American Heart Association as we work toward our goal of improving the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent by 2020. These priorities include Safe Routes to Schools, more frequent physical education in schools, shared use of school facilities, and more opportunities for children to exercise their way to better health. Research indicates that children who are more physically fit have greater self-esteem, maintain a healthier weight, perform better in school, and have fewer truancy and disciplinary problems.
Finally, it is our hope that in light of today’s mid-course report that Congress will move quickly to pass legislation that requires regular revision of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.”
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