Well Being

With Liberty & Exercise For All? Pointless Bill Would Launch New Exercise Guidelines

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There's no doubt that Americans need more exercise. But more nagging about needing exercise? Meh. I think we're saturated.

Some lawmakers, however, would disagree. Sure, every women's magazine, TV news program and third subway sign spews the importance of physical activity, but that's different. That's not government-approved messaging about physical activity, see?

So, U.S. Reps. Ron Kind (D-Wis.) and Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) have introduced bipartisan legislation intended to remedy that. Their proposed bill, H.R. 2179, would require the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to lay out exercise guidelines for Americans every 10 years.

Based on “current scientific and medical knowledge,” the guidelines would then “be promoted by federal agencies that promote good health,” according to The Hill.

As opposed to the current HHS physical activity guidelines for Americans that … aren't based on current scientific knowledge? Are promoted by federal agencies promoting bad health?

I just don't get how this new scheme is needed or novel in any way—but perhaps that's not the point. Perhaps the point is simply for said representatives to look like they're doing something to address America's “obesity crisis” and promote public health. In which case: Well played, guys!

Elizabeth Nolan Brown, Liz Nolan Brown, Elizabeth Brown, Elizabeth N Brown, writer, journalist, libertarian, libertarianism, FDA, health policy, exercise
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