Exercise and Fitness for All Act

SENATORS INTRODUCE CIVIL RIGHTS BILL TO REQUIRE ACCESS TO FITNESS FACILITIES TO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES.

Senators Tammy Duckworth, Bob Casey and Richard Blumenthal introduced the Exercise and Fitness for All Act on April 30, 2019. The Act authorizes the U.S. Access Board, a Federal agency that promotes accessibility, to issue guidelines specifying the number and types of accessible exercise equipment required in a fitness facility and requires the Department of Justice to issue regulations consistent with the Access Board guidelines.

Numerous studies demonstrate that persons with a disability suffer many medical conditions such as obesity, diabetes and circulatory problems that could be prevented or alleviated by exercise. For many persons with a disability the only way they can get exercise is by using an exercise machine. Unfortunately, fitness centers rarely provide exercise machines that are usable by persons with a disability.

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