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NCSF Signs Letter to President Asking Him to Address Physical Activity
Date:Feb 17 2014
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In January, the National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF) signed a letter, along with 19 other organizations, addressed to President Obama that asked him to mention the benefits of physical activity in his State of the Union address. An excerpt from the letter stated, “Physical activity has been shown to reduce health care costs, prevent chronic disease, enhance productivity and improve quality of life. Numerous studies reinforce the common-sense principle of maintaining health through physical activity and exercise and with its ability to treat and prevent obesity, diabetes, heart and bone disease as well as other chronic conditions; exercise is powerful medicine indeed.” Although President Obama did not mention physical activity specifically during his State of the Union address, he did speak about childhood obesity and the Joining Forces program which are important components of the fitness industry. The NCSF is hopeful that through the continued efforts of these organizations the fitness industry and the importance of physical activity will continue to have a place in the national discussion concerning the well-being of this country.

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  Date:  Apr 17 2014
In February, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a 43% drop in the obesity rate among 2- to 5-year old children over the past decade, suggesting that young Americans are making strides in the fight against obesity. According to this report, about 8% of this population was obese in 2011-2012, down from 14% in 2003-2004. Headlines in The New York Times touting this new information read, “Obesity Rate for Young Children Plummets 43% in a Decade”. Cynthia Ogden, a researcher for the CDC and lead author for the report, cautioned that while this research was “exciting”, these young children make up a very small fraction of the American population and that the figures for the broader society had remained flat or had even increased; perhaps suggesting that this headline may be sending an inaccurate message about obesity in America. Nonetheless, many theories arose to explain this decline in childhood obesity.
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