Posts Tagged ‘FIT Kids Act’

Kermit the Frog asks, “Really?”

Monday, November 21st, 2011

It seems as if Congress’ recent decision to count pizza as a vegetable has even angered a beloved American icon. Last Saturday, Kermit the Frog displayed his dismay over the unfortunate event on SNL by appearing on Weekend Update with Seth Meyers.

Watch the video below and then click here to read American Heart Association’s CEO Nancy Brown’s official statement regarding Congress’ decision. 

 

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Rep. Kind, Senator Harkin Reintroduce FIT Kids Act, Calling for More P.E. in Schools

Monday, March 14th, 2011

U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) and U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today reintroduced the Fitness Integrated with Teaching Kids Act (FIT Kids Act), a bill to combat childhood obesity by strengthening physical education programs in schools throughout the country.

The FIT Kids Act, H.R. 1057, renews the emphasis on physical education in schools. The Act would work to ensure kids are active during the school day and are given opportunities that promote overall health and wellness. The legislation would engage parents and the public by requiring all school districts and states to report on students’ physical activity, including the amount of time spent in required physical education in relation to the recommended national standard. The Act would further ensure appropriate professional development for health and physical education teachers, fund research to examine the link between children’s health and their academic achievement, and recommend effective ways to combat childhood obesity and improve healthy living and physical activity.

“This bill gets to the simple truth: in order to develop a healthy mind, you need a health body,” said U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI), co-chair of the Congressional Fitness Caucus. “Providing increased physical education in public schools will give every child an opportunity – regardless of their background – to learn healthy habits and get moving. We will see the benefits in their math and reading test scores, get to the root of the obesity epidemic, and get kids on a healthy path early in life. I hope that Congress can consider the importance of physical education in our schools when they take a closer look at education reform later this year.”

“To ensure that our kids will lead healthy and active lives, we need to help them develop good habits early on,” said Senator Tom Harkin, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. “This bill would combat rising rates of childhood obesity, which have become a pressing public health crisis that we must address. Kids who get more exercise throughout the day are more fit, more focused in the classroom, and get better sleep – also a welcome benefit for their parents! This bill empowers schools, teachers and parents to help improve our kids’ health.”

“With childhood obesity rates that have tripled over the last few decades, we must make every effort to help children reduce their risk for heart disease, stroke and other life-threatening illnesses,” said Nancy Brown, CEO of American Heart Association. “More than 80 percent of adults support daily physical education yet such programs have been on the decline in many school districts. The FIT Kids Act would help educate parents about the quality and quantity of physical education in their child’s school.”

“America’s children receive too little opportunity to be physically active, and that is a major contributor to the nation’s obesity epidemic, said Penny Lee, Executive Director of the Campaign to End Obesity Action Fund. “Lack of physical activity for children has a negative effect on our military preparedness, their ability to learn and their overall wellness. Now is the time to drill down on solutions which is what this legislation provides. It allows for more information to parents, educators and communities so they recognize the gaps in activity and have the opportunity to address them ­– a major step in the right direction.”

“The National Association for Sport and Physical Education commends Senator Harkin and Congressman Kind on introducing the FIT Kids Act which will strongly support our common goal of increasing the quality and quantity of physical education opportunities in the U.S.,” says NASPE President, Lynn Couturier of State University of New York at Cortland. “Physical education, an essential component of a quality, well-rounded education, not only teaches students how to achieve and maintain lifelong healthy habits but contributes to their academic success.”

“We are proud to support Senator Harkin and Congressman Kind on their reintroduction of the Fit Kids Act,” said NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell. “This legislation furthers our shared goal of eliminating childhood obesity and encouraging children to lead healthy lifestyles.”

The FIT Kids Act has been endorsed by the following organizations: The American Diabetes Association, The American Heart Association, National Association for Sport and Physical Education, Grocery Manufacturers Association, National Football League, Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association, YMCA.

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National Physical Activity Plan Provides Roadmap for Community Change

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

The American Heart Association is one of 15 chairs leading implementation of the National Physical Activity Plan — an effort to motivate people in every community to become and stay physically active, and to remove the barriers that may stand in their way.

Released this past spring, the Plan focuses on increasing physical activity in places where Americans live, work, learn and play through environmental and policy change. It unites professionals across sectors – in medicine and public health, transportation and urban planning, business, education and recreation – to help individuals integrate physical activity into their daily lives.

“The Plan aims to create a national culture that supports physically active lifestyles. Its ultimate purpose is to improve health, prevent disease and disability, and enhance quality of life,” said Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association. “Most people know that physical activity is a key to good health. But getting moving is often easier said than done. The National Physical Activity Plan provides a roadmap to help put Americans on the path toward healthy living.”
The Plan is a comprehensive set of policies, programs, and initiatives that aim to increase physical activity in all segments of the American population. The Plan is the product of a private-public sector collaborative. Hundreds of organizations are working together to change our communities in ways that will enable every American to achieve the recommended physical activity levels of 30 minutes per day for adults and 60 minutes for children.

The U.S. National Physical Activity Plan is comprised of recommendations that are organized in eight societal sectors. AHA is a co-leader of the Business and Industry sector of the implementation plan. Components of this part of the plan include:

Identifying and summarizing best practices and model interventions in the workplace, establishing the Plan as an industry leading “go-to” resource, and evaluate effective physical activity interventions in the workplace. The Business and Industry Sector will also develop and implement an integrated communications and outreach plan in order to engage, inform and inspire business and industry leaders to champion physical activity intervention best practices in their own organizations, throughout their industries, and in their local communities and the group will work on developing legislation and policy agendas that promote employer-sponsored physical activity programs while protecting individual employees’ and dependents’ rights. The AHA will also help support strategies in other sectors of the Plan. Communities across the nation are already taking action to make the healthy choice, the easy choice.

The American Heart Association has been driving efforts to increase physical activity in the workplace with the Start! Friendly-Fit Companies program. Now, more employers and workers are creating a healthier environment on the job to improve physical activity with comprehensive workplace wellness programs. Such programs boost productivity and reduce absenteeism and healthcare costs. The Start! program intends to reach out to other communities to start a legacy of physical activity for all Americans. www.startwalkingnow.org.

AHA also supports efforts to boost physical activity among children. The association strongly backs the Fitness Integrated with Teaching (FIT) Kids Act, federal legislation that would ensure children are receiving quality physical education. This policy requires the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to make physical education a priority in the schools’ curriculum. Locally, AHA is aggressively pursuing state policies that would require that children receive physical education as part of a well-rounded curriculum.With more walking and biking paths, comprehensive workplace wellness programs and school and community partnerships, we can build physical activity into the lives of all Americans and dramatically reduce risk factors for chronic diseases. For more information on how to get involved please visit the National Physical Activity Plan web site: http://www.physicalactivityplan.org/.

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House Passage of FIT Kids Praised by Champions

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

On April 22nd, the American Heart Association joined other champions of the Fitness Integrated with Teaching Kids Act (FIT Kids) for an event on Capitol Hill to celebrate the passage of the bill by the U.S. House of Representatives!

You’re the Cure advocate and AHA spokesman Dr. Robert DiBianco (far right), a cardiologist from Maryland, praised the House for taking action and stressed the need for a renewed focus on the health of our kids. He said, “Sadly, more and more of our kids have become more inactive than ever before. In fact, a growing body of evidence suggests that the childhood obesity epidemic is largely due to a decline in regular physical activity and a diet high in empty and fat-laden calories. One of the most important ways to address this issue is through strong physical education programs in our nation’s schools.”

The AHA and Dr. DiBianco were joined by the bill’s Congressional champions, Representatives Ron Kind (D-Wis.) and Zach Wamp (R-Tenn.N), as well as Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller (D-Calif.), fitness guru Richard Simmons, and fellow supporting organizations.

With the help of advocates like you, the AHA will be continuing to work to advance the FIT Kids Act, to help ensure our kids have access to regular, quality physical education for healthy, active lifestyles.

Check out video highlights of the event at www.youtube.com/amheartadvocacy

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House Passage of FIT Kids Praised by Champions

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

On April 22nd, the American Heart Association joined other champions of the Fitness Integrated with Teaching Kids Act (FIT Kids) for an event on Capitol Hill to celebrate the passage of the bill by the U.S. House of Representatives!

You’re the Cure advocate and AHA spokesman Dr. Robert DiBianco (far right), a cardiologist from Maryland, praised the House for taking action and stressed the need for a renewed focus on the health of our kids. He said, “Sadly, more and more of our kids have become more inactive than ever before. In fact, a growing body of evidence suggests that the childhood obesity epidemic is largely due to a decline in regular physical activity and a diet high in empty and fat-laden calories. One of the most important ways to address this issue is through strong physical education programs in our nation’s schools.”

The AHA and Dr. DiBianco were joined by the bill’s Congressional champions, Representatives Ron Kind (D-Wis.) and Zach Wamp (R-Tenn.N), as well as Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller (D-Calif.), fitness guru Richard Simmons, and fellow supporting organizations.

With the help of advocates like you, the AHA will be continuing to work to advance the FIT Kids Act, to help ensure our kids have access to regular, quality physical education for healthy, active lifestyles.

Check out video highlights of the event at www.youtube.com/amheartadvocacy

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House Passes FIT Kids Act! Send a Thank You Note to Your Representative

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010
All the action we asked you and other You’re the Cure advocates to take this week has paid off! The U.S. House just passed the FIT Kids Act, which brings us another step closer to helping improve the health of our nation’s kids. This bill would establish a framework for schools to closely look at the quality and quantity of PE they are providing, and to supply parents with that information to better understand the PE their kids are receiving.
Before we start pushing for the bill in the Senate, let’s take a minute to thank the Representatives who voted in favor of the legislation. You can find out more information and send a message to your Representative through our web site.
And, of course, we’d like to thank you once again for your activism. Your involvement in advocating for this legislation will go a long way to ensure our kids are getting quality physical education in their schools, which will help them grow into healthier and smarter adults.
Keep an eye out for future updates on this issue, but please take a minute to thank your Representative today.
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FIT Kids Vote – Now 24 Hours Away

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010
Yesterday we wrote about the FIT Kids Act, and the fact that Congress will be voting on it tomorrow.
This bill will establish a framework for schools to look at their physical education programs, both in terms of quality and quantity, and will give parents a better understanding of the level of activity their children are receiving at school.
So few kids get the exercise they need at school, and some kids get none, so it’s critical to do everything we can to increase physical education within our nation’s schools.
If you haven’t taken action yet, please do so today by using the link below:
http://www.capitolconnect.com/yourethecure/fastaction.aspx?AlertID=16407
Thank you for your activism….and we hope you’ll share this action with others on Facebook, Twitter or other social networks!
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Action Needed: FIT Kids Vote in 48 Hours

Monday, April 19th, 2010
The Fitness Integrated with Teaching Kids Act is on the move!
In 48 hours, the House of Representatives will vote on the FIT Kids Act, which promotes increased quality physical education (PE) in our nation’s schools.
Which means… It’s time to act!
Urge your Representative to vote YES in support of FIT Kids!
Currently, only 3.8% of elementary, 7.9% of middle, and 2.1% of high schools provide daily PE- and shockingly, 22% of schools do not require students to take any PE at all. But with childhood obesity greatly impacting the health of our nation’s kids, we must expect more.
The FIT Kids Act would help us take a step in the right direction by establishing a framework for schools to closely look at the quality and quantity of PE they are providing, and to supply parents with that information to better understand the PE their kids are receiving.
The vote on Wednesday is a critical hurdle in advancing the bill, so we need your quick action today!
Send your email now to let your Representative know you are counting on his/her support of quality PE.
Thank you for stepping up for healthy, active kids!
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Great News, We’re a Finalist!

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

You may remember that last year the American Heart Association won PR News’ Nonprofit Award for our You’re the Cure on the Hill 2008. Well, we just heard some great news–we are a finalist for the 2009 award for our FIT Kids Act Press Event that took place March 19, 2009. We are honored by this recognition and will keep you posted on the outcome.

Though the event was only one day you, the advocates have taken the enthusiasm generated and turned that in to progress. Through your time and dedication we now have 113 co-sponsors to the legislation. We could not do it without you. Thank you and keep up the great work!

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It’s National PE and Sport Week!

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

It’s National Physical Education and Sport Week… and we have a challenge to issue to you! Do your part to promote a healthier generation of Americans by taking action in support of the FIT Kids Act today! And don’t forget to urge your friends and family to do the same. The more noise we can make about the need for regular, quality physical education for our kids, the harder it will be for Congress to ignore.

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