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May 10, 2011

Former Rep. Tom McMillen named to fitness foundation

Tom McMillen, the former Maryland basketball star who served three terms in the House of Representatives, will chair a new congressionally chartered foundation focused on fitness and nutrition, Obama administration officials said Tuesday.

McMillen, a star for the Terrapins who went on to play professionally from 1975 to 1986, will lead the National Foundation on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition at a time when the White House – and particularly first lady Michelle Obama – have tried to raise awareness about childhood obesity.

The Crofton Democrat, who is 58, represented Anne Arundel County and parts of Prince George’s County in Congress from 1987 through 1992. The foundation, which was created by legislation authored by Rep. John Sarbanes, will seek private funding for the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.

“We are facing a national youth health crisis, with one in three kids obese or overweight,” Sarbanes, a Maryland Democrat, said in a statement. “The creation of this foundation will give the [council] the ability to leverage private funding to expand its scope and activities and promote physical fitness and sports programs across the county.”

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius named the board members at an event on Capitol Hill Tuesday. The nine-member governing board will also include Scott Blackmun, CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee, and NBC sports analyst Cris Collinsworth.

McMillen previously served on the Council on Physical Fitness and Sports under President Clinton but was forced to step down in 1997 after federal agents raided a Washington-based health management company that he led. McMillen was not charged and nothing came of that investigation.

Posted by John Fritze at 2:53 PM | | Comments (3)
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Sarbanes,

Keep your nose out of my parenting. I'll raise my daughter the way I want to, without any interference from you or the federal government. Sarbanes is one of the biggest socialists in the Country.

With an attitude like that, the odds are that your daughter will become obese. Just keep pushing the McDonald's on her and plop her down in front of the TV.

So this could be good news for all the people such that now politics are getting engaged in the fitness and also in sports. As Obama administration is doing lot of efforts for the fitness of the citizens.

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Annie Linskey covers state politics and government for The Baltimore Sun. Previously, as a City Hall reporter, she wrote about the corruption trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon and kept a close eye on city spending. Originally from Connecticut, Annie has also lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she reported on war crimes tribunals and landmines. She lives in Canton.

John Fritze has covered politics and government at the local, state and federal levels for more than a decade and is now The Baltimore Sun’s Washington correspondent. He previously wrote about Congress for USA TODAY, where he led coverage of the health care overhaul debate and the 2010 election. A native of Albany, N.Y., he currently lives in Montgomery County.

Julie Scharper covers City Hall and Baltimore politics. A native of Baltimore County, she graduated from The Johns Hopkins University in 2001 and spent two years teaching in Honduras before joining The Baltimore Sun. She has followed the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Pa., in the year after a schoolhouse massacre, reported on courts and crime in Anne Arundel County, and chronicled the unique personalities and places of Baltimore City and its surrounding counties.
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