(PRWEB) May 19, 2014
Children’s Obesity Fund (COF), cofounded by Dr. Michael Omidi and his brother Julian Omidi, is pleased to announce a new facet to its continued support of PHIT America, an alliance uniting professional associations, corporations and sports celebrities that promotes health and fitness. COF is helping pay the costs associated with PHIT America’s participation in the 2014 Congressional Health and Fitness Expo to be held May 20, 2014, in Washington, DC.
“The 2014 U.S. Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth found that nearly two-thirds of adults and one in three children are overweight or obese. It goes on to confirm that a lack of physical activity and increased food intake are key in this obesity epidemic,” says Dr. Michael Omidi, co-founder of Children’s Obesity Fund. “PHIT America is well aligned with our charity, believing that increased physical activity is one of the most important things people of all ages can do to improve their health. My brother and I are pleased to help them to get the word out about today’s public health crisis of obesity and inactivity.”
PHIT America is sponsoring a booth at the Congressional Health and Fitness Expo and will distribute education materials touting the benefits of physical activity, the costs of inactivity, the importance of physical education in our schools, and an overview of the organization’s current legislative initiatives. PHIT America is currently sponsoring two government proposals: The PHIT Act (Personal Health Investment Today Act) which will help prevent illness and lower the costs associated with the obesity and sedentary crisis and the PEP (Physical Education Program) Grant Program seeking additional funds for physical education programs.
Helping to man the PHIT America booth will be Jazmine Fenaltor, pilot of the USA Bobsled Team, and Brianne McLaughlin, goalie of the USA Women’s Hockey Team. Fenaltor and McLaughlin will tell of their personal athletic experiences and the importance of physical activity in their lives. This special appearance will feature the athletes with their medals taking photos with and signing autographs for Congressmen and the public.
“PHIT America is very excited to once again work with the Children’s Obesity Fund to fight the obesity and sedentary crisis. Our missions are very united, especially with our focus on getting kids active, fit and healthy,” says PHIT America founder, Jim Baugh.
The 2014 Congressional Health and Fitness Expo is an official event recognizing the need for change in the country’s current state of inactivity and obesity, how to create change, and officially recognizing organizations who are leading the way. The Expo will be held May 20, 2014, in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, DC. This event will include exhibits that allow Congressmen and visitors to learn great nutrition habits, participate and learn new exercises from certified athletic trainers, and learn about new national health statistics
"PHIT America is very pleased to have the continued support of the Children's Obesity Fund and happy to be collaborating once again in order to spread awareness on the present state of inactivity and importance of physical activity at this year's Congressional Health & Fitness Expo," says Cameron Jacobs, PHIT America's Director of Social Media & Sponsor Services.
Founded in January 2013, PHIT America (http://www.PHITAmerica.org) is a non-profit educational, social media, and advocacy campaign focused on overcoming the inactivity and obesity crisis in America by creating a “Movement for a Fit & Healthy America.” More than 150 companies, along with sports ambassadors and celebrities, are helping PHIT America to get Americans more active, fit and healthier.
Cofounded by Julian Omidi and Dr. Michael Omidi, the Children’s Obesity Fund (http://www.childrensobesityfund.org) hopes to help reverse the trend of rising obesity rates in America. The goal of the non-profit charity is to help people fully understand the obesity issue and its dire impacts on individuals and society as a whole -- and to use that knowledge to encourage children to grow up strong and healthy. Children’s Obesity Fund partners with other organizations to educate and support parents, educators and others so that we can all work together to raise healthy, active, social, and happy children. While the organization does not accept donations, it does encourage direct contributions of money and talents to the associations featured on their website. Children’s Obesity Fund is on Facebook as well as Google+, Twitter, and Pinterest.