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House of Representatives
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: January 10, 2023 09:42 AM
From: Representative Mark Rozzi
To: All House members
Subject: May 2023 as “Fitness Month”
Exercise and recreational activities increase our ability to prevent a variety of diseases, including obesity, diabetes, stroke, and heart disease, all of which are considered key comorbidity factors for COVID-19. According to the Department of Health, 33% of all adults and 18% of children in this Commonwealth are affected by obesity. Further, the prevalence of obesity, like many other serious and chronic diseases, is higher in Hispanic and non-Hispanic Black adults and children, than in non-Hispanic White and non-Hispanic Asian individuals.

Recreational activities and exercise also enhance our mental health and overall sense of well-being. We all deserve access to physical fitness, whether at home, in the great outdoors, or at a local gym, health club, recreational facility or other fitness venue.

Amidst the pandemic, Pennsylvania’s fitness community, including the Pennsylvania Fitness Alliance, has championed COVID-19 precautions while encouraging the continued importance of exercise. Fitness operators adapted to help curb the spread of COVID-19, while allowing Pennsylvanians to retain their active and healthy lifestyles. The Pennsylvania Fitness Alliance represents 1,345 health clubs in this Commonwealth with a combined membership of almost two million health club members.

Please join me in acknowledging the Pennsylvania fitness community and healthy lifestyles by designating May 2023 as “Fitness Month.”

Introduced as HR85