SAN DIEGO, Calif. – July 23, 2003 – On July 18, 2003, President Bush visited the Lakewest Family YMCA in Dallas, Texas to highlight his HealthierUS initiative designed to help Americans, especially children, live longer, better, and healthier lives. The American Council on Exercise (ACE), America’s nonprofit fitness advocate, was honored to be personally invited to participate in the event.
The President's HealthierUS initiative helps Americans take steps to improve personal health and fitness and encourages all Americans to:
“President Bush’s words regarding the need for increased physical activity and healthy habits as well as his continued dedication to his fitness agenda are truly inspirational to us all,” said Ken Germano, president of ACE. “The American Council on Exercise will continue to support the HealthierUS initiative by advocating a healthy and fit lifestyle for America's youth and the entire nation by providing education, certification and public benefit.”
- Be physically active every day
- Eat a nutritious diet
- Get preventive screenings
- Make healthy choices
The President was joined by members of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, including football legend Lynn Swann, Chair of the Council; and Olympic softball gold medalist and orthopedic surgeon Dr. Dot Richardson, Vice Chair of the Council.
The Council promotes the President's message on fitness and health to Americans of all ages and unveiled a new tool for Americans to use to increase personal fitness and become healthier. The new Presidential fitness challenge is easy to start and individuals can track weekly fitness activities at the website www.presidentschallenge.org.
The American Council on Exercise (ACE), America’s Authority on Fitness, is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the benefits of physical activity and protecting consumers against unsafe and ineffective fitness products and instruction. As the nation’s “workout watchdog,” ACE sponsors university-based exercise science research and testing that targets fitness products and trends. ACE sets standards for fitness professionals and is the world’s largest nonprofit fitness certifying organization. For more information on ACE and its programs, call (800) 825-3636 or log onto the ACE Web site at www.acefitness.org.