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Opportunity for Cosponsorship of the HealthierUS Fitness Festival

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AGENCY:

Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Secretary.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

The Office of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports (PCPFS) announces the opportunity for both Federal and non-Federal public and private sector entities to cosponsor a fitness festival depicting activities to help all Americans get moving for health and fitness in celebration of May, National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. Potential cosponsors must have a demonstrated interest in physical activity/fitness and/or sports and be willing to participate substantively in the cosponsored activity.

DATES:

To receive consideration, a request to participate as a cosponsor must be received by the close of business on March 30, 2005 at the address listed. Requests will meet the deadline if they are either (1) received on or before the deadline date; or (2) postmarked on or before the deadline date. Private metered postmarks will not be acceptable as proof of timely mailing. Hand-delivered requests must be received by 5 p.m. Requests that are received after the deadline date will be returned to the sender.

ADDRESSES:

Notifications of interest in a cosponsorship should be sent to Christine Spain, Director of Research, Planning and Special Projects, Office of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, Room 738-H, 200 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20201; Ph: (202) 690-5148, Fax: (202) 690-5211. Notifications may also be submitted by electronic mail to cspain@osophs.dhhs.gov.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Christine Spain, Director of Research, Planning and Special Projects, Office of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, Room 738-H, 200 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20201; Ph: (202) 690-5148, Fax: (202) 690-5211, E-mail: cspain@osophs.dhhs.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

The PCPFS was established by the President of the United States and operates under Executive Order No. 13265, continued by Executive Order 13316, in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. Its purpose is to provide advice and recommendations to the President through the Secretary of HHS regarding actions to develop and coordinate a national program for physical activity/fitness and sports and, in part, inform the general public of the importance of exercise and the link Start Printed Page 8591between regular physical activity and good health.

The Office of the PCPFS serves as a catalyst to promote the development and implementation of physical activity/fitness and sports programs for all Americans. The Office of the PCPFS has a long and productive history of working with public and private sponsors to bring opportunities to participate in activities at the grassroots level. Cosponsorship of this activity will help to further the promotion of physical activity/fitness and sports by the Office of the PCPFS.

The purpose of the HealthierUS Fitness Festival is to motivate individuals to begin and continue an active lifestyle leading to enhanced physical fitness by providing access to actual demonstrations and sound information on diverse organizations and activities. Over one thousand individuals participated in this event on June 16, 2004. The program will take place in Washington, DC on Monday, May 2, 2005 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will include ongoing interactive sports and fitness demonstrations. Health and fitness experts from a myriad of organizations will be on hand to share tips as well as health and fitness information. No registration fees will be charged for any participants. All cosponsors agree not to sell any educational materials/equipment pertaining to the event. There are no federal funds available for this event. Participation may be limited depending on the number of proposals received and the space available.

Requirements of Cosponsorship

The Office of the PCPFS is seeking a cosponsor(s) to partner in ways that accord with its particular circumstances. For example, an entity might offer to cosponsor the following proposed program activities with the Office of PCPFS:

(1) Participate in the development of the concept, planning of physical activity/fitness/sports demonstrations, and designation of professional organizations and experts in those specific activities;

(2) Participate in the review and approval of all materials produced to educate the public and promote the event;

(3) Participate in the review, development, and approval of all materials, signage, press releases, etc. that mention the cosponsorship;

(4) Participate in the coordination of logistical concerns; e.g., U.S. Park Police, bonds, insurance, etc.

No discrete portion of the event may be sponsored independently.

Availability of Funds

There are no Federal funds available for this cosponsorship. All cosponsors agree to not use the event as a vehicle to sell or promote products or services. Any incidental promotional materials cannot imply that the PCPFS, Office of the PCPFS, or HHS endorses any products or services.

Eligibility for Cosponsorship

To be eligible, a requester must: (1) Have a demonstrated interest and understanding of physical fitness and/or sports; (2) participate substantively in the cosponsored activity (not just provide funding or logistical support); (3) have an organizational or corporate mission that is not inconsistent with the public health and safety mission of the Department; and (4) agree to sign a cosponsorship agreement with the Office of the PCPFS which will set forth the details of the cosponsored activity.

Content of Request for Cosponsorship

Each request for cosponsorship should contain a description of: (1) The entity or organization; (2) its background in promoting physical activity/fitness or sports; (3) its proposed involvement in the cosponsored activity; and (4) plan for implementation with timeline.

Evaluation Criteria

The cosponsor(s) will be selected by the Office of the PCPFS using the following evaluation criteria:

(1) Requester's qualifications and capability to fulfill cosponsorship responsibilities;

(2) Requester's creativity for enhancing the medium for program messages; and

(3) Requester's potential for reaching underserved/special populations.

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Dated: February 15, 2005.

Melissa Johnson,

Executive Director, President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, Department of Health and Human Services.

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[FR Doc. 05-3307 Filed 2-18-05; 8:45 am]

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