I am [Put Your Name], a nursing student at GSU. I am writing this letter to request that you support the legislation of the H.R. 2094 – Promoting Physical Activity for Americans Act. This bill aligns with the Healthy People 2030 goal that I selected for my health promotion assignment paper. The specific goal is under the physical activity domain and focuses on improving health, fitness, and quality of life through regular physical activity.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2018), only one in five adolescents and one in four adults in the United States meet the guidelines for physical activities related to muscle-strengthening and aerobic activities. Physical inactivity is the greatest enemy of human health. A sedentary lifestyle heightens the risks of cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, and cancers, among other mortality causes (Park et al., 2020). Physical activities help prevent premature deaths, disability, diseases, and injuries. Moreover, Pišot (2022) asserts that being physically active improves physical fitness, maintains a psychological balance, and enhances the resilience of our immune systems. Consequently, people achieve healthier and more optimal health status, improving their health outcomes and quality of life.
I have several friends who have been affected by physical inactivity. A close friend is overweight and has diabetes and hypertension at 34 years. He is currently on polypharmacotherapy to manage his health conditions. He cites using a lot of financial resources to meet his healthcare needs. Additionally, another close friend lost his father due to diabetes and complications of high blood pressure. I empathized with her situation. With these two case scenarios, enhancing physical activities would have seen my friend’s father live a longer and healthier life. Consequently, my first friend would also be living a healthier life, saving a lot of finances that could be spent on other economic activities.
Therefore, I believe passing the above-stated bill would go a long way in helping Americans live more physically active lives. Consequently, people will prevent diseases, disabilities, and premature deaths. This will translate to better health outcomes, leading to a healthier and happier population.
Thank you for your time and for considering my suggestions. I look forward to hearing from you.