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RESTON, VA, June 25, 2013– With the proposed PHYSICAL Act under consideration in Congress, potentially designating health and physical education as "core subjects" under federal education law, a group of 19 physical and health educators, school principals and community advocates from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland will spotlight the negative impact of childhood obesity and garner support for maintaining health and physical education programs in schools, during a 150-mile bike ride to our nation's capital. Led by Project Director Kelly Boyd and Director of Sponsorship and Advocacy, Kimberley Razzano, the 2nd "Capital to Capitol ONE Ride" is an initiative of the Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (PSAHPERD). The cyclists begin Wednesday, June 26 at the Pennsylvania State House in Harrisburg and will culminate their ride on Capitol Hill on Friday, June 28.
The NFL's Washington Redskins' Tight End Niles Paul, a graduate of the University of Nebraska, will meet with the group at Upper Senate Park (200 New Jersey Ave., NW Washington DC) at 12:30 to discuss the importance of children and young adults consuming healthy foods and beverages and getting the nationally recommended 60 minutes of physical activity per day—before, during and after school. The goal of the trip is three-fold: