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Mr. Erickson Goes to Washington D.C.

April 05, 2012


Currently I am serving as President for the Nebraska Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance  (NAHPERD). Part of my responsibilities in this role is to represent all physical education and health teachers in Nebraska. Recently I traveled to Washington D.C. with other physical educators from across the United States. This was truly an awesome and inspiring experience being a part of our country’s political process. Not only was I speaking for all Nebraska teachers but for all students as well. Our job was to speak with Congressional delegates to advocate/lobby for the federal government to make physical wellness a priority in schools.
On Capitol Hill we met with members of Congress to ask support for the passage of two legislative initiatives that will help children and youth become more physically fit. The two legislative initiatives that we were asking members of Congress for support on passing were the ESEA bill (Elementary and Secondary Act) and the PEP ACT (Carol M. White Phys. Education and Health Act).
These two bills are critical for physical education and health programs in our state. In the budget–cutting environment on Capitol Hill, our goal was to educate legislators about the many benefits of children and youth being physically educated. Not only are children and youth more physically fit, but research shows quality physical activity is linked to improved academic achievement as well. It is important that members of Congress understand the impact of sedentary living and appreciate the positive economic outcomes of a healthier, more active lifestyle.
On Capitol Hill I met with the following Congressional Delegates.

Alley Mendenhall, Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Mike Johanns (Ne.)
Kerri Price, Legislative Assistant to Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (Ne.)
Patty Sheetz, Senior Advisor to Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (Ne.)
Daniel Auger, Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (New Hampshire)
Jordan Spencer, Legislative Assistant to Congressman Chuck Fleischman (Tenn.)

I was very honored to be Nebraska’s representative for teachers and students.


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