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FAMOUS ATHLETES GO TO WASHINGTON, D.C. TO PROMOTE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY - HELP THEM BY ADVOCATING NOW!

FAMOUS ATHLETES GO TO WASHINGTON, D.C. TO PROMOTE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY - HELP THEM BY ADVOCATING NOW!

SILVER SPRING, MD – February 20, 2013 – Nearly 150 leaders from the sports and fitness industries and more than 15 celebrity athletes are planning to be on Capitol Hill in mid-March to speak with Congress to support the mission of PHIT America to create  “A Movement for a Fit & Healthy America.”  The event is the Sports & Fitness Industry Association’s 14th National Health Through Fitness Day taking place on Wednesday, March 13 in Washington, D.C.

To date, the celebrity delegation includes 1982 Heisman Trophy winner/former U.S. Olympian Herschel Walker; former U.S. Women’s Soccer Team star Mia Hamm; former Major League Baseball pitcher Tommy John; former MLB MVP Jeff Kent; LPGA great Lorena Ochoa; U.S. Olympic middle distance runner Jenny Simpson; Major League Lacrosse star Paul Rabil; four-time U.S. Olympic water polo medalist Heather Petri; undefeated boxing champion Deontay Wilder; former four-time NFL All-Pro linebacker Ken Harvey; former NFL defensive back John Booty; among others.

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National Health Through Fitness Day, a PHIT America featured event, brings together a delegation of well known athletes, sporting goods and fitness manufacturers, sports retailers, concerned citizens, physical educators and association leaders. They will visit Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress to encourage passage of two legislative initiatives that will help Americans (of all ages) become more physically fit:

  1. Carol M. White Physical Education Program, PEP Program, which provides grants to school districts and community based organizations to support innovative physical education and activity methods
  2. Personal Health Investment Today, the PHIT Act, would change current federal tax law to allow for the deduction or use of pre-tax dollars to cover expenses related to sports, fitness and other physical activities 

“Participation in the National Health Through Fitness Day activities is a win-win for all those affected by the legislation,” said Herschel Walker. “I have come here many times in the past. I get the chance to meet face-to-face with members of Congress to ask for their support of legislation to prevent illness through increased physical activity.  The PEP Bill will expose thousands of American children to a new approach to P.E.  The PHIT Act will encourage physically active lifestyles by making sports, fitness and recreational activities more affordable.”

“Too many people in the U.S. are inactive and are, as a result, unhealthy,” said SFIA President Tom Cove.  “PEP grants give American children the chance to learn about the importance of physical fitness on a daily basis.  Our children must have quality physical education in our schools.  As for the PHIT Act, it encourages healthy, active lifestyles by making physical activity more affordable for individuals and families.  We need to start focusing more time and resources on preventing illness as opposed to treating people once they are already sick.  We must encourage active lifestyles as a way to help reverse the obesity trend.”

It is easy for Americans to show their support for PHIT America. Just click on the red Advocate tab on www.PHITAmerica.org.  You will see a letter that can be emailed to your Members of Congress. Simply enter your zip code and fill in your personal information.  Advocate Now to help America fight the obesity and sedentary crisis and support the efforts at this year’s National Health Through Fitness Day.

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