2004 Adopted Resolutions
72nd Annual Meeting
Boston

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THE GET OUTDOORS ACT

     WHEREAS, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has declared obesity is on track to overtake tobacco as the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S.; and

     WHEREAS, it is estimated that obesity-related health problems cost the U.S. economy nearly $100 billion annually; and

     WHEREAS, about 15.5 percent of adolescents (ages 12 to 19) and 15.3 percent of children (ages 6 to 11) are obese. The increase in obesity among American youth over the past two decades is dramatic

     WHEREAS, lack of physical activity is one of the root causes of obesity; and

     WHEREAS, the Get Outdoor Act (GO Act) would help reduce obesity by establishing a permanent source of funding to provide $3 billion annually to encourage physical activity and recreation in urban, suburban, and rural areas;

WHEREAS, the GO Act will provide funding directly to local governments for parks, recreation programs, and community needs, and

     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the U.S. Conference of Mayors strongly encourages the U.S. Congress to pass the Get Outdoors Act to address obesity related problems and provide physical and recreational opportunities in urban, suburban, and rural areas.