Thursday, June 14, 2007

Improved Nutrition and Physical Activity Legislation

Congresswoman Mary Bono (CA-45) joined forces today on the issue of children's health by urging Congress to support the Improved Nutrition and Physical Activity Act (IMPACT Act), H.R. 2677. The bill, which was introduced today by Bono and Congresswomen Nita M. Lowey (NY-18), Kay Granger (TX-12) and Congressman Jim Ramstad (MN-3), encourages cross-sector collaborations for improving the health of young people and ensures that community partnerships approach youth health comprehensively by addressing physical activity, nutrition and emotional wellness.

"This bill takes the critical step necessary to support health services that address the looming crisis of eating disorders and obesity, especially among America's youth," expressed Bono. "This legislation will provide the tools necessary to support partnerships between our academic institutions and organizations that are working to promote the dangers of obesity and eating disorders. Our inability to address the poor health of our citizens will escalate the continued trend in rising health care costs."