Fight Fat with Fun


Washington D.C. -- (July 29, 2004) White House Fellow Dr. Michael Suk and PricewaterhouseCoopers Executive Curt Cornelssen spoke to a room filled with Congressional staffers about the opportunities to Fight Fat with Fun™ - using recreation as a means to attack the surge in obesity. The statistics are daunting: 400,000 premature deaths annually; $100 billion in additional annual medical costs, much of which is paid by government programs; youths who prefer to be online rather than outdoors. Dr. Suk spoke of the great opportunities to reach millions through recreation on federally managed lands and waters, unveiling the new Get Fit With US! efforts of the federal agencies. Mr. Cornelssen shared case studies demonstrating that employers ranging from Caesar's to Union Pacific have found economic gain from attacking low levels of physical activity by their workforces. And Derrick Crandall of ARC outlined a range of actions that Congress might consider to encourage companies to take a more active role in boosting recreation participation - from loaner bikes to gifts of park passes to physically active weekend outings for employees' families.

Click Here to download Dr. Michael Suk's powerpoint presentation.

Click Here to view/download Curt Cornelssen's presentation.

Click Here to view/download Pricewaterhouse Coopers report, Recreation's Role in Combating Obesity

Click Here to view/download ARC's suggestions for boosting participation in recreation activies.

Recreation and Health Policy Forum - July 29, 2004



The rise in obesity has been widely reported, and the costs of this public-health threat now rival the healthcare costs linked to tobacco use in dollars and suffering. Various public policy initiatives have been mounted to address this challenge, from a recently-announced reclassification of obesity as a disease to awareness campaigns from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from an executive order directing federal land management agencies to assist Americans to increase their physical activity levels to new funding for school PE programs designed to increase participation in life-long physical activity. Get information on how a growing number of public and private organizations are turning to recreation as a key antidote to obesity.


  • Michael Suk, M.D., 2004 White House Fellow
  • Curt Cornelssen, Director, Hospitality & Leisure Consulting, PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Derrick Crandall, President, American Recreation Coalition

When: Noon, July 29 (Thursday)

Where: HC-5 (U.S. Capitol)
Enter the Capitol from the South Street Entrance (on Independence between S. Capitol and New Jersey, across from Longworth HOB). Go to the Appointments Desk and tell them you are here for the Health Forum. Call Congressman Jon Porter's Office at 202-225-3252, if you have any questions.


  • First release of a new report by PricewaterhouseCoopers on the costs of obesity to American businesses and some successful initiatives by businesses to address these growing costs
  • A healthy and tasty lunch demonstrating menu changes at America’s fast food restaurants
  • A pedometer for your use to track your own physical activity
  • A lively discussion about how Congress could encourage and facilitate public/private actions to address and reduce obesity in America

RSVP: Limited to first 60 RSVPs – call 202-682-9530 or email