We all know the United States is becoming more sedentary, and that this will contribute to increasing health problems among our population. There is now an important and time-sensitive opportunity to do something about the major public health issue of physical inactivity. Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska will soon introduce a bill called the Physical Education for Progress (PEP) Act.
The bill authorizes $400,000,000 over five years for grants to local schools districts for physical education programs. However, Senator Stevens has seven but needs fifteen of his Senate colleagues to co-sponsor the bill prior to its introduction. That is where you and your organization come in.
THE NCPPA WANTS YOU TO:
BECOME INFORMED: Review the PEP Action Kit, which includes: a backgrounder on the PEP Act, the model letter encouraging Senators to co-sponsor, and the listing of Senators with addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail and Web site links.
CONTACT YOUR SENATORS: Use your member grass roots network — or any other means you have — to begin contacting U.S. Senators to encourage them to co-sponsor the PEP Act. (Seven Senators have co-sponsored already, as noted in the backgrounder. If a Senator is a co-sponsor by the time of contact, he or she should be thanked.) This is a very urgent matter because the bill will not be introduced until there is an adequate number of co-sponsors.
CONTINUE YOUR EFFORTS: After the bill is introduced, it will be even more important to continue to contact U.S. Senators to encourage them to support the PEP Act. So your efforts should continue after the bill is introduced until it is passed.
KEEP US INFORMED: E-mail the NCPPA office at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know what your organization is doing, and notify us each time a Senator agrees to co-sponsor or support the PEP Act. Thank you for your timely leadership.