Monday, July 27, 2009

Congressman Dennis Moore Co-sponsors Fit Kids Act!



We just received news that Kansas Congressman Dennis Moore has agreed to become a co-sponsor of the Fitness Integrated with Teaching Kids Act (Fit Kids Act-H.R.1585). This bill amends the No Child Left Behind Act to ensure that kids are active during the school day and learn how to be personally responsible for their health through exercise and a healthy diet.
The Department of Health and Human Services forecasts that, by next year, one out of five children and youth in the United States will be obese. Overweight adolescents have a 70 percent chance of becoming overweight adults, putting these young people at increased risk for heart disease, stroke and other diseases later in life. This law can help reverse these statistics!

For more information on the Fit Kids Act, please visit http://www.fitkidsact.org/

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

FDA Seeks Public Input on Tobacco Regulation

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that it is seeking public input on the implementation of its historic new authority overseeing tobacco products in the United States. In a Federal Register notice, the agency invites the public to provide information and share views on a wide range of topics, from product content to advertising and marketing. All public comments will be posted online.

"We're interested in receiving input from across the country as the FDA begins to implement this important new authority intended to reduce the enormous toll of suffering and death caused by tobacco products in the United States," said Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg, Commissioner of Food and Drugs. "We look forward to the public's response."

The Federal Register notice can be viewed at: http://www.federalregister.gov/OFRUpload/OFRData/2009-15549_PI.pdf

For more information about the FDA and tobacco regulation, see: http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/PublicHealthFocus/ucm168412.htm