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  • Surgeon General Announces Call to Action to Promote Walking; Resources Now Available

    by Guest Blogger | Sep 17, 2015
    In a landmark announcement on September 9, U.S. Surgeon General VADM Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., unveiled his Step It Up! Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities.

    As a leader in the promotion of physical activity, ACSM was pleased to play an integral role in both the conceptual development of the call to action and the official announcement. Former ACSM Presidents Robert E. Sallis, M.D., FACSM and Russell R. Pate, Ph.D., FACSM; ACSM Fellows Brian W. Hainline, M.D., FACSM and Jack L. Groppel, Ph.D., FACSM, as well as CEO Jim Whitehead all had prominent roles in the event.

    This announcement is a huge step forward for the cause of physical activity and health and we invite you to join ACSM in enthusiastically supporting this call to action. To assist in this effort, a number of resources are now available for you and your organization. Visit our ACSM Call to Action web page and find a partner's guide, videos, social media messages, web banners, customizable press release to announce your organization’s support, and more. America Walks and the Every Body Walk! have also launched an exciting new collaborative micro grant program designed to assist local walking advocates to build on the momentum of the newly released Surgeon General's Call to Action. Applications are due by 5 p.m. EDT on October 15th.

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