NHESA's Health Promotion In Action 2020 initiative is in direct support of the U.S. Government's Healthy People 2020 initiative. NHESA is committed to the development of a Proactive Health Community that is dedicated to proactive participation in health promotion. NHESA recognizes legislative concerns in health policy and promotes a supportive environment for individual, social, and systems support in order to take action in health promotion.
NHESA recognizes, promotes, and supports the following proactive health relations:
Workforce Health Improvement Program (WHIP) Act
Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Bill
Improved Nutrition and Physical Activity Act or the IMPACT Act
Fitness Integrated with Teaching Kids Act or FIT Kids Act
Health Promotion FIRST
Workforce Health Improvement Program (WHIP) Act- H.R.1748
Title: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to expand workplace health incentives by equalizing the tax consequences of employee athletic facility use.
Sponsor: REPÂ Wamp, Zach [TN-3] (introduced 3/28/2007) Cosponsors (39)Â Â
SUMMARY:Workforce Health Improvement Program Act of 2007 -Amends the Internal Revenue Code to exclude from the gross income of employees: (1) the value of any on-premises employer-provided athletic facility; and (2) fees, dues, or membership expenses paid to an athletic or fitness facility by an employer for its employees, but not exceeding $900 per employee per year.
Allows employers a tax deduction for fees, dues, or membership expenses paid to an athletic or fitness facility. Limits the amount of such deduction to $900 per employee per year.
Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Bill - H.R.245
Title: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to treat certain amounts paid for exercise equipment and physical fitness programs as amounts paid for medical care.
Sponsor: Rep Weller, Jerry [IL-11] (introduced 1/5/2007)Â Â Â Â Â Cosponsors (19)Â
SUMMARY:Personal Health Investment Today Act of 2007 - Amends the Internal Revenue Code to treat up to $1,000 of amounts paid annually for exercise equipment and physical exercise programs as tax deductible medical expenses.
Improved Nutrition and Physical Activity Act or the IMPACT Act - H.R.2677
Title: To establish grants to provide health services for improved nutrition, increased physical activity, obesity and eating disorder prevention, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Bono Mack, Mary [CA-45] (introduced 6/12/2007)Cosponsors (53)Â
SUMMARY:Improved Nutrition and Physical Activity Act or the IMPACT Act - Amends the Public Health Service Act to expand an existing grant program for training for health profession students to include the treatment of individuals who are overweight, obese, or have eating disorders.
Allows the Secretary of Health and Human Services to award grants for the training of primary care physicians and other health professions on how to identify, treat, and prevent obesity or eating disorders and aid individuals who are overweight or obese or who suffer from eating disorders.
Requires the Secretary, acting though the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to award grants for the planning and implementation of programs that promote healthy eating behaviors and physical activity.
Allows the Secretary, acting through the National Center for Health Statistics, to provide for the collection and analysis of data for determining the fitness levels and energy expenditures of children and data collected as part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
Requires the Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to review the research to determine if the information might be important for the health disparities report.
Permits states to use preventive health and health services block grants for activities and community education programs designed to address and prevent obesity and eating disorders.
Requires the Secretary to report to the relevant congressional committees on: (1) the causes and health implications of being overweight, obese, or having an eating disorder; and (2) the effectiveness of campaigns to change children's behaviors and reduce obesity
Fitness Integrated with Teaching Kids Act or FIT Kids Act - S.2173
Title: A bill to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to improve standards for physical education.
Sponsor: Sen Harkin, Tom [IA] (introduced 10/17/2007)Cosponsors (7)
Related Bills: H.R.3257Â
SUMMARY:Fitness Integrated with Teaching Kids Act or the FIT Kids Act - Amends the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to require annual state and local educational agency report cards to include specified information on school health and physical education programs.
Includes the promotion of healthy, active lifestyles by students within ESEA grant programs that support school counseling, smaller learning communities, community learning centers, and parental involvement in their childrens' education.
Revises the professional development program for teachers and principals to include training for physical and health education teachers, and training on improving students' health habits and participation in physical activities.
Directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services to fund a study by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) that: (1) assesses the affect health and physical education have on students' ability to learn; and (2) makes recommendations for improving, and measuring improvements to, their health and physical education in schools.
Health Promotion FIRST - S.866
Title: A bill to provide for increased planning and funding for health promotion programs of the Department of Health and Human Services.
Sponsor: Sen Lugar, Richard G. [IN] (introduced 3/13/2007)Cosponsors (4)Â
SUMMARY:Health Promotion Funding Integrated Research, Synthesis, and Training Act or the Health Promotion FIRST Act - Amends the Public Health Service Act to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop a plan for health promotion that includes coordinating the health promotion activities of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and addressing how best to: (1) develop the basic and applied science of health promotion; (2) synthesize and disseminate health promotion research; (3) support the health promotion community; and (4) modify or develop resources, policies, structure, and legislation to integrate health promotion into all health professions and sectors of society.
Requires the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), acting through the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, to: (1) develop a plan on how best to develop the science of health promotion through NIH agencies; and (2) conduct or support early research programs and research training regarding health promotion.
Requires the Secretary, acting through the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to develop a plan to establish a research agenda regarding health promotion for CDC.
Requires the Director of the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion to award grants to develop Health Promotion Research Centers.
Requires the Director of CDC to: (1) make an effort to attract grant applications from groups experienced in providing programs; (2) fund research to develop the applied science of health promotion for specified settings; and (3) develop a research agenda for workplace health promotion.
Requires the Secretary to modify the application process for grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts awarded under this Act to attract the most qualified individuals and organizations, rather than those most experienced with the application process