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Legislation Would Allow Council To Raise Private Donations To Fund Operations
Today the House of Representatives passed the National Foundation on Physical Fitness and Sports Establishment Act (S.1275/H.R. 4322), a bill introduced by Congressman John Sarbanes that would establish a non-profit foundation to help the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition raise additional funds from private sources to expand its scope and activities. The ability to solicit, receive and administer private contributions will have a significant impact on increasing physical fitness and combating the obesity epidemic throughout the country.
“As video games and computers bring more and more children indoors, it is imperative that we encourage our children to be healthy, active individuals,” said Congressman Sarbanes. “Increased physical activity is vitally important for our individual health and for the health of our society.”
This legislation would:
• Establish the non-profit, National Foundation on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.
• Allow the Foundation to raise private funds to support relevant federal policies and programs.
• Make strategic grants in support of these goals.
• Increase public awareness of federal policies and programs to improve physical fitness.
Earlier this year Congressman Sarbanes joined Mrs. Obama at Bell Multicultural High School in Washington, DC to launch President Obama’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. The Council was first created by President Eisenhower in 1956 and reorganized to address all age groups in 1963 by President John F. Kennedy. The Council is an advisory committee of volunteer citizens who work with federal, state and local agencies to increase physical activity, fitness and sports in America.
“This legislation is a critical tool for the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition to expand its reach and promote a fitness agenda across all 50 states,” said Congressman Sarbanes.
S.1275 was passed by Unanimous Consent in the Senate on December 9, 2010. Watch video of Congressman Sarbanes speaking on behalf of the bill here.