February 28 - 29, 2008 Advisory Committee Meeting
Don Wright, Acting Assistant Secretary for Health, welcomed
observers and thanked the committee and all the supporting organizations for
their work. He noted that he is not a political appointee and subsequently hoped
that he could help provide consistent leadership on this issue beyond the
current administration. Dr. Wright noted the impressive work the committee has
accomplished within a tight time frame and that the health benefits from this
process will be far reaching. He noted the guidelines touches upon the
President’s Healthier U.S. Initiative and the importance of the government
coming together, speaking with one voice, to produce the first ever set of
guidelines on physical activity. The challenge HHS will face in the future is
delivering the message. HHS will rely heavily on fellow stakeholders such as the
President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports to deliver the message. There
is a great deal of excitement within HHS regarding this activity.
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