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Coalition News

ACSM Action Alert: Regular Updates to the Federal Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans

A bill has been introduced in Congress calling for regular updates to the federal Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, first released last October. A group of key organizations, including ACSM, originally called for these guidelines during a groundbreaking policy roundtable in 2006.

Regular updates to the federal physical activity guidelines would encourage Americans to get up and active – and would ensure they have the most accurate, scientifically up-to-date information on physical activity. Helping Americans of all ages and health status increase their physical activity level can do much to cut health care costs, improve individual quality of life and boost productivity.

Learning to Scuba Dive Regardless of Disability Status

Born without arms, woman drives, types, and scuba dives

By Anna Madrzyk, Daily Herald Staff

Jessica Cox, 26, was born without arms. She uses her feet like hands - to drive a car (she has an unrestricted license), to type on a keyboard (25 words per minute), to pump her own gas, even to put in and remove her contact lenses. Along with those remarkably dexterous feet, she has an athlete's powerful legs and a tightrope walker's sense of balance.

Inclusive Fitness Coalition Stakeholder Strategy Session

Thank you for participating! The 2008 Inclusive Fitness Coalition Stakeholder Strategy Session was held Wednesday, October 15, 2008 from 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. CT at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. Thank you to everyone who joined us at this meeting to help identify and strategize the next steps for the IFC in its continued efforts to increase access to and participation in physical activity for people with disabilities.

Poughkeepsie Journal

"Mentor recalled as Disabilities Act anniversary nears"

Blair Wing reflects on improvements in accessibility in the following story, published on Tuesday, July 31, 2007, in the Poughkeepsie Journal in New York.

Fitness a Struggle for Disabled People

The following Associated Press article ran nationally (i.e. New York Times, Washington Times, Washington Post) on April 16, 2007.

Fitness a Struggle for Disabled People

By: Tom Breen

Associated Press Author

Campaign promotes exercise for the disabled

Special to Newsday

February 20, 2007

Long Islanders involved in sports and fitness for the disabled reacted cautiously to the news of a major national initiative designed to encourage physical fitness among the mentally and physically challenged.

"This probably should have been done 10 or 15 years ago," says physical therapist Phil Kreuter of Glen Cove, who has spent much of his nearly 30- year career working with amputee athletes.


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