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Memorandum of Understanding to Promote Public Health and Recreation

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Indian Health Service
Office of Public Health and Science
And

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Forest Service
Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Bureau of Indian Affairs
Bureau of Land Management
Bureau of Reclamation
Fish and Wildlife Service
National Park Service

DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
Army Corps of Engineers

To Promote Public Health and Recreation

This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is made and entered into by and among the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS): Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Indian Health Service (IHS); Office of Public Health and Science (OPHS), the Department of Agriculture: Forest Service (FS) and Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP); the Department of the Interior: Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), and National Park Service (NPS); the Department of the Army (DA): Army Corps of Engineers (COE) hereinafter referred to as the cooperating agencies or by their name or initials.

I. PURPOSE

The purpose of this MOU is to establish a general framework for cooperation between the OPHS, CDC, IHS, FS, CNPP, BIA, BLM, BOR, FWS, NPS, and COE. The cooperating agencies propose to work together to promote uses and benefits of the Nation's public lands and water resources to enhance the physical and psychological health and well being of the American people. This collaborative effort is being undertaken to help promote healthy lifestyles through sound nutrition, physical activity, and recreation in America's great outdoors.

II. STATEMENT OF MUTUAL INTEREST AND MUTUAL BENEFITS

The cooperating agencies responsible for the management of the Federal resources, lands, and waters are dedicated to the wise management of the Nation's natural and cultural resources, and as such are responsible for increasing the public's knowledge, awareness, use, enjoyment, and appreciation of these lands and resources and their management. The cooperating agencies also provide technical assistance to help ensure the sustainable development and use of non-Federal lands.

The Office of Public Health and Science and CDC within DHHS, and the CNPP, USDA, promote physical activity to improve health and reduce chronic diseases. The year 2000 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, issued jointly by DHHS and USDA, and the 1996 Surgeon General's Report on Physical Activity and Health, recommend that all Americans accumulate a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity most days of the week, preferably daily. The OPHS seeks to promote physical activity through implementation of Healthy People 2010 goals for the nation. The CDC seeks to promote physical activity and reduce sedentary behavior through built and natural environmental change that may include the development and promotion of community infrastructure, such as trails, bikeways, sidewalks, and parks to increase physical activity. The CNPP seeks to promote physical activity in conjunction with healthy eating through consumer-oriented promotion projects.

American Indian Nations present a rich and powerful heritage, infusing diverse cultures into the fabric of America. The cooperating agencies respect and recognize the sovereignty of Tribal Nations and each Tribe's approach to enhance the physical and psychological health and well being of American Indians.

III. THE COOPERATING AGENCIES AGREE TO COLLABORATE ON THE FOLLOWING PROJECTS, TO THE EXTENT ALLOWED BY EACH AGENCY'S STATUTORY AUTHORITY TO:

In addition, the Cooperating Agencies will continue to explore existing mutual efforts such as those listed below to assist in meeting the objectives of this MOU to increase the physical activity of the American public by:

IV. IT IS MUTUALLY AGREED AND UNDERSTOOD BY AND AMONG THE COOPERATING AGENCIES THAT:

They will cooperate in implementing activities to facilitate the development of projects and policies such as those recommended in the 1996 Surgeon General's report on Physical Activity and Health. Cooperative efforts will also reinforce and enhance the importance of physical and psychological health and well being of the American people, as noted in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and other scientific sources. The cooperating agencies will meet at least twice a year to develop recommended actions and research projects for the coming fiscal year.

Specific work projects or activities that involve the transfer of funds, services, or property among the parties to this MOU will require the execution of separate agreements or contracts, contingent upon the availability of funds from the cooperating agencies or as appropriated by Congress. Each subsequent agreement or arrangement involving the transfer of funds, services, or property between the parties to this MOU must comply with all applicable statutes and regulations, including those statutes and regulations applicable to procurement activities, and must be independently authorized by appropriate statutory authority.

This MOU in no way restricts the OPHS, CDC, IHS, FS, CNPP, BIA, BLM, BOR, FWS, NPS, and COE from participating in similar activities or arrangements with other public, private, or nonprofit entities.

Any information furnished to the cooperating agencies under this MOU is subject to the Freedom of Information Act.

Nothing in this MOU shall obligate the cooperating agencies to expend appropriations or to enter into any contract with other obligations.

Additional Federal agencies may be added to this MOU with the oral concurrence of the cooperating agencies at the time of the proposed addition. A written record of the oral consent of the cooperators will be created and maintained by the cooperating agencies. The addition of the new cooperating agencies will be effected by attaching to the MOU the written consent of the heads of the new cooperating agencies.

Participation in this MOU may be terminated with a 60-day written notice of any party. Unless terminated under the stated terms, this MOU will become effective upon signature and will remain in full force until June 2006.

V. STRUCTURE OF THE MOU WORKING GROUP AND PRINCIPAL CONTACTS

To provide for consistent and effective communication among the cooperators, each of the cooperators shall appoint a representative to the Working Group who will prepare an annual agency work plan, agree to agreed upon tasks, and consider new activities, as appropriate, that may be pursued under this MOU. Appointed representatives will:

The following person(s) will be the principal contact(s) for their respective agencies for the purposes of this agreement and the MOU Working Group at the time of execution. However, the principal contact for the agreement is: Kristen Nelson, USDA Forest Service, Recreation, Heritage, and Wilderness Resources, 201 14th Street, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250, telephone 202-205-1406, or email kristennelson@fs.fed.us.

Federal Interagency Working Group on Nature-based Physical Activity:

David Buchner, M.D., M.P.A/John Librett, Phd., M.P.A.
Centers for Disease Control, HHS

Leo Nolan
Indian Health Service, HHS

Susan J. Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.A.
U.S. Assistant Surgeon General and Rear Admiral
Office of Public Health and Science, HHS

David Holland/Kristen Nelson
Forest Service, USDA

John Webster
Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, USDA

Ed Hall
Bureau of Indian Affairs, DOI

Michelle Dawson-Powell
Bureau of Land Management, DOI

Mollie Buckey
Bureau of Reclamation, DOI

Dan Ashe/Debbie McCrensky
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, DOI

Tom Ross/Dick Ring
National Park Service, DOI

Darrell Lewis/George Tabb
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DA

Christopher Douwes
Federal Highway Administration

VI. DURATION OF AGREEMENT

This agreement is approved for fiscal year 02 and may continue through fiscal year 06, subject to availability of funds each year.

VII. LEGAL AUTHORITY

This agreement is entered into under the following authorities:

HHS Agencies:
CDC: The Economy Act

USDA Agencies:
Forest Service - Organic Administration Act of 1897 (16 U.S.C. 473-475, 477-482, 551)
National Trails Systems Act October 2, 1968 (PL 90-543, 82 STAT. 919)
Volunteers in the National Forest of 1972 (PL92-300, 88 STAT 147)

DOI Agencies:
BLM - Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) of October 21, 1976, as amended (43 U.S.C. 1701-1782)

BOR - Reclamation Act, Jue 17, 1902, as amended, 43 USC Chapter 12, Sec. 371 et seq.

FWS - Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956, 16 U.S.C. s 742f(1988); Refuge Recreation Act, 16 U.S.C. s 460k-2 (1988); Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act of 1980, 16 U.S.C. s2901 et seq (1988); Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, 16 U.S.C. s661 (1988), and the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act, 16 U.S.C. s 668 dd-ee.

NPS -The National Trails System Act of October 2, 1968, P..L. 90-543, as Amended; The Outdoor Recreation Coordination Act of May 28, 1963, P.L. 88-29.

DOD Agencies:
Army Corps of Engineers - General Authority 16 U.S.C., Chapter 1, Subchapter LXVI.

VIII. TRAVEL STATEMENT

Travel under this agreement is subject to allowances authorized in accordance with the Federal Travel Regulations, the Joint Federal Travel Regulations, and/or the Foreign Service Regulations.

IX. EQUIPMENT

If equipment is procured in order to provide services, the agency conducting the procurement will retain title to the equipment.

Signatures of Tommy G. Thompson, Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services; Ann M. Veneman, Secretary, Department of Agriculture; Gale A. Norton, Secretary, Department of the Interior; R.L. Brownlee, Under Secretary of the Army; dated JUN 19 2002.

Attachment

Pursuant to Section IV of this MOU, the U.S. Department of Transportation agrees to be a cooperating agency in HealthierUS to work with other cooperating agencies in accordance with the MOU finalized June 19, 2002. The Legal Authority for this cooperation is 49 U.S.C. 301.

Scanned image. Signature and Date: Norman Y. Mineta, Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation, Date: __ JUN 29 2005


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