ACE Participates in First-of-its-kind Health Policy Fair on Capitol Hill

July 1, 2014, 12:00AM PT in Fitnovatives Blog  |  

Ron Kind

The ACE Advocacy staff visited with members of Congress and their staff last week at the #WhyGetActive Health Policy Fair on Capitol Hill. The first-of-its-kind event featured a cross-section of 10 national and international leaders in the promotion of physical activity who, along with members of Congress and their staff, gathered in one place to answer the question, “Why Get Active?”

#WhyGetActive is an inspirational movement, spearheaded by the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), that is designed to provide a worldwide platform for sharing individuals’ reasons for being physically active. The movement’s goal is to aid in fostering a cultural shift toward wellness—wherein physically active lifestyles are encouraged, supported and easier to sustain. Individuals, worldwide, are asked to post photos of themselves with a personalized whiteboard describing why they choose to get active.

The event was hosted by the Congressional Fitness Caucus and sponsored by our friends at IHRSA. The Fitness Caucus is chaired by two members who are passionate about fitness and both regularly engage in physical activity: Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI) and Congressman Aaron Shock (R-IL). Congressional caucuses are best described as special interest groups that allow like-minded legislators to share thoughts and ideas on a given topic. There are hundreds of these organizations that cover a wide variety of topics. They include the partisan such as the Democrat or Republican Caucuses, the cultural and ethnic such as the Congressional Black Caucus and Congressional Hispanic Caucus, many disease prevention-related ones such as the Diabetes and Cancer Caucuses and the somewhat obscure such as the Cement Caucus.

ACE staff spoke with participants about the important role that qualified fitness professionals and health coaches play in healthcare and introduced them to the Coalition for the Registration of Exercise Professionals (C-REP). Exercise resistance bands were awarded to those that participated in our “Does it REALLY Do That?” trivia game featuring questions based on ACE’s independent consumer-based research. Staffers enjoyed the challenge of deciding whether statements such as “The highly touted, sold on TV, workout P90X meets or exceeds established fitness industry standards for losing weight and improving cardiorespiratory fitness when done as directed.” were true or false (in case you are wondering…true!) or deciding if Zumba is a high-energy aerobic workout, can improve core strength and/or is good for increasing flexibility (all three!).

Policy and advocacy work at the Federal level is similar, in some ways, to the work that exercise professionals do in

… Continue reading here.
Fitnovatives Blog — Courtesy “American Council On Exercise” (ACEfitness.org) <p>

Subscribe Now: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=Livestrong Watch More: http://www.youtube.com/Livestrong Just because you’re a beginning r…


You May Also Like These Topics...

5 Ways to Feel Good While Getting Fit

Setting intentions is a powerful thing. Then when you have that shiny new gym membership in hand, you feel like nothing stands between you and your goals to get in shape once and for all. Trouble is, lack of motivation, unpreparedness and busy schedules have a way of interfering with our plans. If you find […]

Exercise Training For Golf Will Do Wonders

Exercise training for golf is what every golfer who is serious about improving their golf swing power and mechanics should be focusing on …especially senior golfers in the “off-season” or winter months. If you’ve read any of my articles you’ll know where I’m coming from. “Your body dictates your golf swing!” “A broken body will […]

Combat Breakfast Boredom with this Mix and Match Food Guide

April 23, 2015 | Fitnovatives Blog Everyone can benefit from eating breakfast. From weight loss and muscle repair to  improved mood and focus, a morning meal benefits your body. When you sleep, your metabolism slows down. Rather than go through the day with a sluggish metabolism, jump-start it with breakfast. Information from the […]

Pre- and Post-workout Nutrition for High-Intensity Interval Training

High-intensity interval training (HIIT) has become hugely popular thanks to real results in shorter periods of time and extensive benefits. With busy schedules the norm, it’s no wonder so many clients and potential clients are now seeking out these kinds of workouts. HIIT, which involves repeated sessions of relatively brief, intermittent exercise, […]

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,
Previous Post
Cycling Healthy Lifestyle Running Strength Training Walking & Hikiing

Does Long-Distance Training Saddle Young Cyclists with Fragile Bones?

Next Post

Adults can undo heart disease risk by changing lifestyle

Leave a Reply