Monday, June 14, 2010

Obesity Plans Need Funding to Work

“Last month, the fitness industry saw quite a flurry of activity in Washington, DC. The House of Representatives introduced a Healthy Choices Act, the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity (along with other organizations) introduced a National Physical Activity Plan, and the Childhood Obesity Taskforce, requested by President Barack Obama and headed by First Lady Michelle Obama, released a 70-point plan for decreasing childhood obesity. Helen Durkin, executive vice president of public policy for the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), says the groups that worked on the National Physical Activity Plan are actively seeking funding for it. Of course, concerns about how the Healthy Choices Act will be funded are moot unless that bill actually is passed. And the possibility of that happening is slim, according to Durkin. She expects it will take several sessions of lobbying, and possibly the attachment of various parts of this bill onto other bills, for it to pass.”