Two House members have proposed a bipartisan bill that would require the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to prescribe exercise guidelines for Americans.
Reps. Ron Kind (D-Wis.) and Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) proposed their Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Act, H.R. 2179, in an effort to help promote healthy exercise habits, especially among schoolchildren.
“Public health and physical fitness are pressing concerns for our country, and in order to get the best results it’s important to instill healthy habits and routines early in life,” Kind said last week. “Promoting good health, especially to kids, is something we can do to help keep America healthy and competitive on the global stage.”
Under their bill, HHS would publish a report on “Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans” every 10 years. The report would contain exercise guidelines, which would be promoted by federal agencies that promote good health.
The guidelines would be based on “current scientific and medical knowledge,” and would include options for specific groups, including children.
Their bill is one of several introduced last week aimed at boosting the health and fitness of Americans. Kind and Schock also proposed the FIT Kids Act, H.R. 2178, which would create a new grant program for physical education and nutrition programs at schools.