Bush leads physical fitness initiative
White House: 8 million young Americans are overweight
CNN Senior White House Correspondent
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush kicks off a physical fitness initiative on Thursday, in hopes of persuading Americans to set a goal of 30-minutes of exercise a day.
The White House says that this lifestyle commitment alone would ultimately save the government and private insurers billions of dollars in health care costs.
Bush is naming former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Lynn Swann as chairman of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.
He has tapped Team USA softball star Dot Richardson as vice chair.
One goal is to raise awareness levels about the dangers of obesity.
A White House report says 8 million young Americans -- about 15 percent of all children -- are overweight.
And a Centers for Disease Control report indicates that some 70 percent of Americans don't exercise regularly.
A key goal of the White House program is to get adults to set aside 30 minutes for physical activity each day.
The White House report says that if only 10 percent of American adults began walking regularly, $5.6 billion in health care costs associated with heart disease could be saved.
As part of the new initiative, a new Web site is being established -- HealthierUS.gov will offer diet and physical fitness information.
At the site, the government's four key suggestions for better national fitness are listed:
The site goes on to offer links to other government health sites, expanding on the president's initiative.
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