BOSTON – February 5, 2009

The International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), and the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA), the world’s oldest and largest association of tennis-teaching professionals, have joined forces to promote the preventive health benefits of exercise on Capitol Hill.

The partnership aligns two major initiatives:
The USPTA’s Tennis – for the health of it! SM, a campaign to make the general public aware of the tremendous health, fitness and psychological benefits of tennis and encourage people to get out and play the sport as a part of their regular fitness regimen; and IHRSA’s “Vision for a Healthier America,” a policy platform asserting that regular physical activity, as a core component of prevention and health promotion, will lead to a healthier, happier and more productive America, while reining in skyrocketing health care costs.

Joe Moore, President and CEO of IHRSA. “At this critical time in our nation, as Congress debates the importance of physical activity as a core component of preventive health care, we are thrilled to join with USPTA to bring the message of Tennis – for the health of it! to Capitol Hill.”

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