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For the sixth consecutive year, Everlast Climbing participated in the annual National Health Through Fitness Day to urge Congress to pass key legislation to “Get America Moving to Improve Health.”
Everlast Climbing and PlayCore were two of more than 40 corporate sponsors of the March 4 event that was organized by the Sports and Fitness Industry Association. Approximately 150 leaders from the sports, fitness and physical education industries met with Congress to discuss the importance of federal funding to support quality physical education in schools and to encourage more physical activity for families. Primarily, Congress was asked to approve the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) in Fiscal Year 2015. This program provides the only dedicated federal money to school districts and community-based organizations for physical education and innovative physical activity methods.
In attendance from Everlast Climbing was Jeremiah Neville, Director of Outside Sales. He held meetings with representatives from congressional districts including Ohio, Idaho, Minnesota and Texas. “I feel confident that we succeeded in bringing the message about the importance of physical activity and the need to ‘Get America Moving’ to the attention of legislators,” remarked Neville. “It was very exciting to be involved in the democratic process.”
According to the 2014 United States Report Card on Physical Activity for Children & Youth, “only one quarter of children and youth in the U. S. are meeting physical activity guidelines.” Also, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that more than 50% of American adults do not get the recommended amount of physical activity. PEP helps to educate youth about the benefits of being physically fit and sets them on a course towards lifelong fitness.
“We really look forward to National Health Through Fitness Day. It’s an honor to be part of the event and to advocate for youth fitness is such a significant way,” said Tim Sudeith, General Manager of Everlast Climbing.