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Congressional Briefing Update - March 15, 2011

“Preventing Obesity in Children and Youth with Disabilities through Participation in Physical Activity”

Hosted by the Inclusive Fitness Coalition with Rep. Kind


Jim Whitehead
Executive Vice President, ACSM
Executive Committee Co-Chair, IFC

Representative Kind,
Chair, Congressional Fitness Caucus

James Rimmer, PhD
Director of NCPAD, RERC Rectech, and Obesity DRRP
Executive Committee Co-Chair, IFC

Casey Followay
Student Athlete, Wooster, OH
Lisa Followay

Charlie Huebner
Chief of U.S. Paralympics

Terri Lakowski
Policy Chair, IFC
Ricardo Soto
Office for Civil Rights

March 15, 2011

12:30 to 2:00 PM

Congressional Hearing Room North

Capitol Visitor Center

Topics Covered: 

  • Importance of physical activity for individuals with disabilities
  • Prevalence of obesity and obesity-related secondary conditions in youth with disabilities
  • Current state of opportunities/participation for youth with disabilities
  • Barriers and challenges for youth with disabilities to engage in physical activity
  • What can Congress do to help individuals with disabilities in physical activity settings

The following materials were distributed to attendees:

GAO Highlights

Letter to The Honorable Arne Duncan

Letter to the Honorable Carolyn McCarthy

IFC Comments on the GAO Report

2011 IFC Policy Briefing Document

Obesity and Overweight Prevalence Among Adolescents With Disabilities, by James H. Rimmer, PhD


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