In Pandemic, ACE Urges Congress to Prioritize Wellness

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the American Council on Exercise is urging Congress to advance new policies that promote health and wellness.

Studies have shown that Americans who are living with an inactivity-related chronic disease such as obesity, high blood pressure or diabetes have had more severe COVID-19 outcomes than those who do not,” wrote ACE vice president of mission and innovation in an open letter to Congress. “Investing in physical activity, which has been shown to prevent and treat chronic diseases, is more important than ever.”

The letter goes on to note that the CDC has found that physically active people generally live longer and are at less risk for chronic disease, including obesity which affects more than 30 percent of Americans aged 18 years or older. Further, about half of all adults in the U.S. have at least one chronic health condition such as high blood pressure or diabetes and less than 25 percent of adult Americans meet the U.S. Physical Activity Guidelines. These conditions are costly to our healthcare systems and adversely impact productivity, military readiness and quality of life for Americans.

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