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The Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA) has lauded Reps. Mary Bono (R-Calif.) and Kay Granger (R-Texas) for introducing legislation that provides incentives for schools to offer classes in physical education and nutrition.

The Improved Nutrition and Physical Activity (IMPACT) Act correctly focuses on improving the quality and availability of nutrition education, increasing opportunities for physical activity and advocating additional research. The Senate IMPACT bill was originally introduced by Sens. William Frist (R-Tenn.) and Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) in July.

"The House IMPACT bill emphasizes the importance of a balanced approach to
reducing obesity and improving the overall health of Americans," said GMA
Senior Vice President and Chief Government Officer Mary Sophos. "This bill
correctly stresses the importance of finding the best solutions for
balancing nutrition and physical activity through research. We look
forward to continued work with Members of Congress and their staffs as the
legislation progresses," added Sophos.

GMA strongly supports provisions in the Senate and House bills that would require cataloguing existing research to better understand what is currently being done and in which areas additional research may be necessary. In addition, GMA endorses the incentives for increasing physical activity - especially for school age children. The Surgeon General's guidelines call for schools to offer 30 minutes of physical activity as part of their daily curriculum. Currently, only one state - Illinois - meets this recommendation.
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