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Exercise Your Rights

A lot of us want to join a gym but just can't afford the monthly dues and initiation fees. Isn't it amazing with obesity and heart disease on the rise that lawmakers are not doing something about the high prices?

Turns out that there are two bills proposed (2929 in PA and 3714 in NJ) that are aiming to lower the cost (mainly by lowering taxes) on health club memberships for the public. To learn more about the issues and to write your senators online (telling them to support the bills), visit Get Active's website.

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bfly1133 bfly1133 10 years
You are right on bluejeanie! Just because the membership fee is lower doesn't mean someone is going to get their booty into the gym. :) Moderation is key when deciding what to eat. I enjoy fast food now and then, but I don't go all the time. I love my chocolate, but I don't go crazy with that either. I do think it is a litte more expensive to eat healthier, but a couple of pennies here and there are worth it to be strong, fit, happy, and healthy. It all comes down to choices and being shown what the right ones are. You are also right about sidewalks! I can't believe how many cities where we live don't have them. No wonder kids aren't out biking or blading.
bluejeanie bluejeanie 10 years
bfly, for sure. i hope those groove commercials are working. a workout doesn't have to be on a machine...go dancing, run up and down your stairs a few times, take a jog around the block a few times...anything. i know that poorer people are more likely to be overweight and obese but i believe that public education and strong willpower are going to do more than lowering prices on health clubs. the groove commercials could start explaining healthy proportions and the simple food is not more expensive to eat healthier. people simply choose not to or they don't want to buy produce and brown bread. i'm all for a healthier america (it is going to cost every american more money in the long run) but i don't think that restrictions should be put on these companies, especially when the government is so unwilling to restrict other industries which could do more for public health. we need cities and suburbs to be designed for transportation other than cars. i'm shocked when i see no sidewalks or bike lanes.
bfly1133 bfly1133 10 years
Instead of putting restrictions on private companies, I think we should be encouraging healthy activities. I think the ad campaigns like "Groove" that promote moving in someway three times a day for at least ten minutes are a more effective way to encourage healthy living.
tra tra 10 years
This is good but I agree with Blue...
bluejeanie bluejeanie 10 years
i'm not sure the government should be telling health spas what their prices should be. does the government do that to any other industries? how about the prescription drug industries...people need those too and the government hasn't done a darn very much to make those drugs more affordable (those seem more immediate and necessary than a stationary bike). boo. there are plenty of ways to get fit without going to a fitness club! ride a bike, go on a walk or running, buy a workout DVD, go swimming, don't eat at fast food joints and start eating fruits and veggies and whole grains...
justjaime27 justjaime27 10 years
Pretty awesome! Great post!
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