A resolution was passed at the 73rd Annual Meeting of the Conference of Mayors in Chicago, IL, held June 10-14, 2005.
From the U. S. Conference of Mayors
PROMOTING PHYSICAL FITNESS ACTIVITIES IN CITIES AS A MEANS TO IMPROVING HEALTH AND LIMITING OBESITY AMONGST CITY RESIDENTS THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES
WHEREAS, regular physical activity is known to be essential for optimal health and well-being and daily physical activity, even at moderate intensity, reduces the risk of major health problems; and
WHEREAS, regular physical activity and participation in individual sports and sports programs can greatly and significantly enrich personal enjoyment and satisfaction and enhance quality of life; and
WHEREAS, many Americans, their families, cities, communities, businesses, both large and small, as well as national, state, and local governments and government agencies are increasingly concerned about levels of physical fitness and the harmful consequences of physical inactivity; and
WHEREAS, along with major medical advances, there is growing recognition that regular physical activity is an important, even essential, part of daily life for all Americans regardless of age, race, gender, or physical ability; and
WHEREAS, the Surgeon General's Report on Physical Activity and Health has issued a call to action by highlighting the numerous health benefits of regular, moderate physical activity. The healthier we are as individuals, the healthier we are as cities, communities, states and as a nation; and
WHEREAS, to achieve the goals of improved individual, city, state, and national health, we must accept the responsibility of helping and encouraging those around us to become more physically active; and
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors, in further support of local and national efforts to counter growing obesity rates and the myriad problems associated with being overweight, in children, youth and adult residents, does urge individuals, voluntary, community and faith-based organizations; professional societies, private and public corporations and others to work with government at all levels to promote regular physical activity, fitness and sports activities in which all our citizens can participate; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The U.S. Conference of Mayors urges individuals and families in cities to begin and/or renew their commitment to make regular physical activity an integral part of their lives; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The U.S. Conference of Mayors, as the official nonpartisan and premier organization of cities in the United States, continues its leadership role in advancing and enhancing the availability and opportunity for physical activity, fitness activities inclusive of individual participation in sports and sporting activities within our cities.
U.S. Conference of Mayors, Tom Cochran, Executive Director
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