HealthCorps works on the grassroots level in schools and communities but also believes its advocacy efforts are needed to assist in moving America to the tipping point of wellness. Our Advocacy Efforts are currently focused on:
- Policy shifts that put health education and physical education back into the core curriculum for the American education system;
- Policy shifts that move us towards safer environments affecting health (food systems, transportation systems, public space design systems, more nature) that encourage and enable people to be more physically active.
The FitKids Act
The Fitness Integrated with Teaching Kids Act (FIT Kids) is designed to help make quality physical education a priority in our schools. Please go to www.fitkidsact.org for more information to support this cause. (Note, this legislation will likely be reintroduced in the 113th Congress).
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)
ESEA is the nation’s federal education law, HealthCorps has joined a coalition of like-minded organizations to ask that Health Education and Physical Education be elevated to “core subjects” or enjoy the same flexibility of federal funding as other subjects. (Note this legislation will likely be reintroduced in the 113th Congress).
Race to The Top – District (RTT-D)
RTT-D is the US Department of Education’s large scale competitive grant program developed for school districts. HealthCorps’ provided comments to the Department of Education encouraging the inclusion of Health Education and Physical Education and grant criteria.
HealthCorps founder Dr. Mehmet Oz advocates on behalf of integrative medicine and HealthCorps in front of the US Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (“HELP”) committee.
Click here for his testimony
HealthCorps President Bouchard advocates on behalf of service, the Serve America Act and HealthCorps in front of the US Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (“HELP”) committee.
Click here for her testimony