IHRSA Applauds Passage of Senate Resolution 97 to Combat Obesity and Chronic Disease through Physical Activity

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The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) expressed its ardent support of Senate Resolution 97 (S. Res. 97), affirming the importance of exercise and physical activity as a way of combating obesity, reducing chronic disease and lowering health care costs. The Resolution—introduced by Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Richard Burr (R-NC)—was passed in the Senate by unanimous consent.

In this era, when the health of our nation is at risk due to increased rates of obesity and physical inactivity, the promotion of exercise and physically active lifestyles as a way to help prevent disease is an issue of national concern.

The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) expressed its ardent support of Senate Resolution 97 (S. Res. 97), affirming the importance of exercise and physical activity as a way of combating obesity, reducing chronic disease and lowering health care costs. The Resolution—introduced by Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Richard Burr (R-NC)—was passed in the Senate by unanimous consent.

“We applaud the bipartisan spirit in which the U.S. Senate worked to pass this Resolution on an issue that affects the health of all Americans,” says Joe Moore, President and CEO of IHRSA. “In this era, when the health of our nation is at risk due to increased rates of obesity and physical inactivity, the promotion of exercise and physically active lifestyles as a way to help prevent disease is an issue of national concern. We commend Senators Casey and Burr for their leadership in bringing this Resolution forward.”

As noted in the Resolution itself, approximately half of the direct medical costs associated with diseases that stem from obesity and inactivity are paid for by the government and the taxpayers of the United States through federally funded programs, such as Medicaid and Medicare. And the potential savings in direct medical costs if all inactive American adults engaged in regular physical activity could be as high as $80,000,000,000.

“For many years, IHRSA has been a strong proponent of exercise as a key element of primary prevention—that is, the prevention of disease before it occurs,” says Moore. “Primary prevention is critical to the public health and future economic competitiveness of our country. It saves lives, encourages increased individual responsibility, increases worker productivity, and lowers federal health care expenditures.”

The passage of this Resolution affirms the importance of physical activity to our nation’s health and commits the U.S. Senate to encouraging the development of incentives, including responsible economic incentives, to promote exercise and a more physically active and healthy United States.

About IHRSA
IHRSA is a not-for-profit trade association representing health and fitness facilities, gyms, spas, sports clubs, and suppliers worldwide. IHRSA is committed to taking a leadership role in advancing physical activity, which is critical to America's health and the battle against obesity and disease. IHRSA supports effective national initiatives to promote more active lifestyles for all Americans and is working to pass laws that will help affect societal changes toward a more fit America.

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