In Utah, former Cabinet Secretaries Dan Glickman, Mike Leavitt, Donna E. Shalala, and Ann M. Veneman, co-chairs of BPC’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative, held a roundtable discussion with local leaders on affordable and accessible physical activity programs. They also toured various sites around Salt Lake City. Check out the photos.
Officials tour Utah facilities looking for answers to sustain the national health, fitness phenomenon By Wendy Leonard Deseret News Aug. 8, 2011
Nearly everyone has heard of the national dietary guidelines implying what and how much Americans are advised to eat, but when it comes to physical activity, those recommendations are a little more obscure. Former Utah Gov. and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt helped to implement those guidelines in 2008, but with obesity rates climbing at unprecedented rates throughout the country, officials are thinking many people just aren’t aware of the importance of getting that heart rate up. “There are a lot of barriers for Americans,” Leavitt said Monday during a local discussion of the Bipartisan Policy Center, which is working to find ways to enhance exercise and nutrition opportunities nationwide. With his hectic travel schedule, Leavitt said he burns the typically boring airport down times by briskly walking up and down the terminals. Read the full article here.
National leaders look to Utah for ways to improve nutrition, physical health By Heather May The Salt Lake Tribune Aug. 8, 2011
Four former federal cabinet secretaries are in Utah on Monday as part of their efforts to find ways improve the nutrition and physical activity opportunities for Americans. The leaders — former Health and Human Services secretaries Mike Leavitt and Donna E. Shalala and former Agriculture secretaries Dan Glickman and Ann M. Veneman — are visiting the Utah Olympic Oval and Kearns Oquirrh Park Fitness Center and attending a panel discussion with local leaders to learn ways to boost health. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 69 percent of adults and 33 percent of children are overweight or obese. In Utah, 60 percent of adults are overweight or obese, and about 21 percent of elementary and high school students weigh too much. The four are co-chairs of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative, which is touring the country to collect ideas that will form the basis of a series of recommendations for federal, state and local policy changes. The report will be released next spring. Read the full article here.
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