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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 97-1654




[4 PA. CODE CH. 5]


[27 Pa.B. 5398]

Governor's Advisory Council on Physical Fitness and Sports

September 24, 1997

   Whereas, the Commonwealth is concerned with improving the health and well-being of its citizens; and

   Whereas, the leading causes of death in Pennsylvania include heart disease, certain kinds of cancer, stroke and diabetes; and

   Whereas, physical activity can significantly reduce the risk of developing or dying from these leading causes of death, reduce symptoms of depression and increase the quality of life for people of all ages; and

   Whereas, the 1996 United States Surgeon General's Report encourages a regular program of moderate physical activity to help individuals develop and maintain good health and vigor; and

   Whereas, the Pennsylvania Department of Health is charged with providing leadership to promote good health and healthy communities, to prevent disease, and to work collaboratively with public and private partners to achieve these goals.

   Now, Therefore, I, Thomas J. Ridge, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and other laws, to further enhance the physical health and welfare of our citizens, hereby reestablish the Governor's Advisory Council on Physical Fitness and Sports (hereinafter referred to as ''Council'') as hereinafter set forth.

Annex A






5.111.Appointment of members.
5.112.Terms of membership.
5.114.Cooperation by State agencies.
5.115.Effective date.

§ 5.111.  Appointment of members.

   (a)  The Governor Advisory Council on Physical Fitness and Sports (Council) consists of 15 individuals, all of whom are appointed by, and serve at the pleasure of, the Governor representing various sectors, including business and labor, amateur and professional sports, education, local and State governments, other State agencies, persons with special needs and the general public. The Secretary of Health, the Physician General and the Secretary of Education serve as ex-officio members. The Secretary of Health and Secretary of Education may designate a representative to serve in the Secretary's place.

   (b)  The Governor designates one Council member to serve as chairperson. The chairperson serves at the pleasure of the Governor.

§ 5.112.  Terms of membership.

   (a)  Members are appointed for terms of 2 years and continue to serve thereafter until their successors have been appointed. If a vacancy occurs during a member's term, a successor will be appointed by the Governor.

   (b)  Upon the expiration of a term of an appointed member, the successor is appointed for a term of 2 years.

§ 5.113.  Functions.

   The Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports:

   (1)  Enlists active community support by creating partnerships with individual citizens, civic and professional groups, amateur and professional athletes, business and labor groups, educational institutions, health care providers and volunteer organizations in an effort to promote and improve physical fitness activities for the citizens of this Commonwealth.

   (2)  Seeks to strengthen and coordinate State services and programs relating to physical fitness, recreation and sports by making recommendations to the Department of Health and other State agencies as appropriate.

   (3)  Encourages local governments to enhance physical fitness activities and facilities.

   (4)  Assists in promoting school health and physical education programs throughout this Commonwealth.

   (5)  Encourages development of community-centered sports and physical activity programs throughout this Commonwealth.

   (6)  Recognizes outstanding contributions and achievements by individuals and groups for their efforts to promote physical activity.

   (7)  Promotes events throughout this Commonwealth that integrate physical activity with disease prevention and health promotion initiatives.

   (8)  Encourages physical fitness among special populations, such as older Pennsylvanians, persons with disabilities and employes in the workplace.

   (9)  Works with other groups concerned with promoting physical activity, such as the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and other State and National organizations.

§ 5.114.  Cooperation by State agencies.

   The Department of Health is the lead agency for the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports (Council) and provides administrative support. All agencies under the Governor's jurisdiction shall cooperate fully with the Governor's Council and provide assistance and information as needed by the Council to carry out its functions effectively.

§ 5.115.  Effective date.

   This subchapter is effective October 18, 1997.

§ 5.116.  Rescission.

   Executive Order 1991-4 is rescinded.

Ridge Signature

   Fiscal Note:  GOV 97-16. No fiscal impact; (8) recommends adopton.

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 97-1654. Filed for public inspection October 17, 1997, 9:00 a.m.]

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