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S. 1608: Promoting Physical Activity for Americans Act

The text of the bill below is as of May 22, 2019 (Introduced).



1st Session

S. 1608


May 22, 2019

(for himself, Mr. Brown, Ms. Sinema, and Mrs. Capito) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions


To provide for the publication by the Secretary of Health and Human Services of physical activity recommendations for Americans.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Promoting Physical Activity for Americans Act.


Physical activity recommendations for Americans




In general

Not later than December 31, 2028, and at least every 10 years thereafter, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (referred to in this section as the Secretary) shall publish a report that provides physical activity recommendations for the people of the United States. Each such report shall contain physical activity information and recommendations for consideration and use by the general public, and shall be considered, as applicable and appropriate, by relevant Federal agencies in carrying out relevant Federal health programs.


Basis of recommendations

The information contained in each report required under paragraph (1) shall be based on the most current evidence-based scientific and medical knowledge at the time the report is prepared, and shall include additional information for population subgroups, such as children or individuals with disabilities, if scientific and medical evidence indicates that physical activity recommendations vary in such a manner that such stratification is warranted.


Update reports

Not later than 5 years after the publication of the first report under paragraph (1), and every 10 years thereafter, the Secretary shall publish an updated report detailing evidence-based practices and highlighting continuing issues with respect to physical activity. The contents of reports under this paragraph may focus on a particular group, subsection, or other division of the general public or on a particular issue relating to physical activity.


Interaction with other recommendations

Federal agencies proposing to issue physical activity recommendations that differ from the recommendations in the most recent report published under subsection (a)(1) shall, as applicable and appropriate, take into consideration the recommendations provided through reports issued under this Act.


Existing authority not affected

This section is not intended to limit the support of biomedical research by any Federal agency or to limit the presentation or communication of scientific or medical findings or review of such findings by any Federal agency.



Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, no physical fitness standard established under this Act shall be binding on any individual as a matter of Federal law or regulation.