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House Resolution Recognizes National Chiropractic Health Month
Volume 14 Issue 87

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and the Iowa Chiropractic Society (ICS) have announced that a new bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives asks the government "to observe the contributions of the chiropractic profession and recognize National Chiropractic Health Month."

Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-Iowa), who introduced the bill, was joined by Representatives Bruce Braley (D-Iowa), Bart Gordon (D-Tenn.), Steve King (R-Iowa), Tom Latham (R-Iowa), David Loebsack (D-Iowa), Michael Michaud (D-Maine) and Lee Terry (R-Neb.) in support of the resolution to recognize National Chiropractic Health Month, observed by thousands of Chiropractors across the country every October.

"We are proud to have Iowa's entire U.S. House of Representatives Delegation support this important resolution," said Daniel Garrett, executive director, Iowa Chiropractic Society. "We hope other legislators will sign on and support this effort to improve overall health and wellness across the country."

The theme for this year's National Chiropractic Health Month, sponsored by ACA, is "Why Weight? Get Healthy!" Activities surrounding the weight loss theme focus on the role that Doctors of Chiropractic can play in treating and preventing obesity.

In the press release announcing the new House bill, the ACA says "more than 60 percent of adults in the United States are either overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and obesity is associated with an increased risk of diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and some types of cancer."

The two main factors for solving weight problems are diet and exercise, says the ACA. But people with weight problems often avoid exercise because of painful conditions like back, neck and joint pain and osteoarthritis. Lack of exercise leads to more weight problems, adding more stress on the musculoskeletal system, in turn increasing pain - it's a vicious cycle.

Chiropractors are experts at helping patients reduce such pain naturally, restoring function and the ability to exercise. Many Doctors of Chiropractic also offer nutritional and lifestyle advice.

"Chiropractic care provides patients with a path to overall wellness through natural approaches to health issues, including weight management," said ACA President, Dr. Rick McMichael. "We have a growing list of congressional members who strongly support the good work that Doctors of Chiropractic do to help patients lead healthier lives, naturally. We very much appreciate their recognition and support."

The proposed bill, known as H. Res. 1523, has been referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Contact your member of Congress to become a co-sponsor.

SOURCE: American Chiropractic Association, August 04, 2010, http://www.acatoday.org/press_css.cfm?CID=4049" http://www.acatoday.org/press_css.cfm?CID=4049  

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