ACSM Policy | Congressional Commitment

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Congressional Commitment to Physical Activity

Join the Cause to Get America Moving!

Our country is in a health care crisis characterized by inactivity, obesity and diabetes. ACSM is calling on you - Congressional leaders - to help lead change and make a stand to Get America Moving.

The data is alarming! And, the impact needs to go beyond the workforce and extend into communities.

You have a responsibility and can play a critical role as a role models and catalyst for change in your communities and country.

What can you do immediately?

Lead and guide the way to get America Moving Again by signing a Commitment to Physical Activity.  The commitment demonstrates that physical activity matters to you and to getting families, employees and communities healthy and active. Organizations and communities will follow their leaders.

Download the Congressional Commitment to Physical Activity

Congressional commitment to physical activity

Did you know...

  • More than one-third (34.9% or 78.6 million) of U.S. adults are obese, according to the CDC, with estimated annual costs $147 billion in 2008 U.S. dollars.  

  • Depression ranks among the top three medical issues in the workplace, costing over $51 billion in absenteeism from work and lost productivity and $26 billion in direct treatment costs. 

  • Increasing physical activity improves physical health, mental health, socio-economic health, environmental health.

  • Optimizing physical activity is smart health policy. It reduces the prevalence of heart disease, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, certain cancers, stress and depression disorders, Alzheimer’s disease and biological markers of aging.