Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Get Active America! Local Gyms Open Their Doors To The Public

“Nearly 34 percent of adults are obese, more than double the percentage 30 years ago. The health threats from obesity have reached alarming levels which has led the government to intervene. Michelle Obama considers childhood obesity an epidemic and one of the greatest threats to America’s health and economy, and is heading the campaign to combat obesity in children. Few people know that the recent healthcare reform bill, which has stirred widespread debate, deals not only with health insurance, but includes measures for obesity prevention and treatment. For instance, the bill mandates that restaurant chains with 20 or more stores display calorie information on their menus. The bill will also provide grants to community based organizations that develop programs that increase healthy food options and physical education at schools. The Get Active America program organized by IHRSA, is an effort to encourage people who don’t typically exercise, to get physically active and incorporate healthy lifestyle changes into their lives...


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