From September 22-24th, at Texas Tribune’s annual Festival in Austin, TX, Samir Becic met with some of the top political thinkers of our generation including Presidential candidates, Governors, Senators, Congresspeople, and Mayors. Among these leaders were 10 U.S. Congressmembers, including Congresswomen Sylvia Garcia, Veronica Escobar, and Mayra Flores and Congressmen Jamie Raskin, Lloyd Doggett, Henry Cuellar, Dan Crenshaw, Tony Gonzales, Colin Allred, Michael McCaul. Several Congress Members gave HFR a message to inspire American youth to get more active including former U.S. Congressman Will Hurd.
While at the Texas capitol, Samir gifted each politician a dedicated copy of his health and fitness book, “ReSync Your Life”, to encourage and inspire the lawmakers to keep motivating Americans to live healthier and fitter and vote on legislation that positively impacts public health. He had a great time speaking with the members of Congress about the importance of improving public health for all Americans- he even got several to record video messages aimed at motivating American youth to get active!
Samir Becic is a renowned health and fitness expert who has made it his life’s mission to help others realize their potential and achieve success through a healthy lifestyle. He is the founder of Health Fitness Revolution, 4 x #1 Fitness Trainer in America, and Houston’s Official “Fitness Czar” as proclaimed by Mayor Sylvester Turner. He is an advocate for many causes including fitness and has made it his goal to empower people to get more active and educate themselves about health. His work in recent years has been expansive, impactful, and inspiring.
Samir’s book, “ReSync Your Life”, offers a simple plan that anyone can follow to make lasting changes in their lives. It provides clear instructions on how to change your diet, exercise routine, and mindset so that you can truly transform yourself into a healthy person who will live longer and happier than ever before!
Why are U.S. representatives so important when it comes to public health?
Public health is a huge issue in the United States, and it’s a topic that Samir is passionate about. One of the reasons why public health is so important is because it impacts everything from what children eat in schools to climate change to affordable healthcare. The problem is that many people do not know what exactly public health is, or how it impacts their lives.
U.S. representatives are crucial to public health because they are the ones making the laws that affect our lives. They have the power to pass bills that promote healthy lifestyles, such as those that encourage people to eat more fruits and vegetables, or those that help people get access to medication. They can also pass bills that negatively impact public health, such as those that subsidize fast food companies and soda companies, or those that cut funding for health and wellness programs.
Many of us aren’t sure how our representatives are connected to public health—and if they are, we don’t understand how they can help us as individuals make positive changes on these issues in our daily lives. While it’s difficult to understand all of the nuances of legislation and policy-making, there are some things you can do to stay informed and involved: one way is by contacting your representatives directly! This is precisely why Samir sent books to 2000 American politicians and has been ranking our political leaders (Heads of State, Politicians in America, Governors, Senators, U.S. Representatives, and Mayors) since 2014. Every year, he uses his Health Fitness Revolution magazine to recognize politicians who choose to demonstrate healthy lifestyles for themselves, in addition to promoting physical activity within their communities.
Samir is at the forefront of fitness in politics, and his previous lists of the fittest politicians have generated buzz in some of the nation’s leading media outlets. From the New York Times, to the LA Times, to the Houston Chronicle, Refinery29, Washington Post, and so on… Politico dubbed the list of the Top 10 Fittest Senators 2016 their “List du Jour”, they also mentioned our Top 20 Fittest Mayors in America 2020 list.
Here are U.S. Congressmembers that Samir met in Austin:
Jamie Raskin is an American attorney and has been serving as the U.S. representative for Maryland’s 8th congressional district since 2017. Samir gifted him a copy of his book and a limited-edition coffee table book called “Bosna i Hercegovina Ocima Ljubavi” (which translates to “Bosnia and Herzegovina Through Eyes of Love”) that highlights the natural beauty of Bosnia.
Dan Crenshaw is a former United States Navy SEAL officer serving as the United States representative for Texas’s 2nd congressional district since 2019. He made out lists of the Top 40 Fittest U.S. Representatives 2020 and Top 20 Fittest Politicians in American 2020.
Lloyd Doggett is an attorney and he has represented a district based in Austin since 1995, currently numbered as Texas’s 35th congressional district.
Henry Cuellar is an American attorney and has served as the U.S. representative for Texas’s 28th congressional district since 2005.
Colin Allred is an American politician, lawyer, and former professional football player. He is the U.S. representative from Texas’s 32nd congressional district since 2019. He also made our list of Top 40 Fittest U.S. Representatives 2020.
Sylvia Garcia is an American lawyer and has been serving as the U.S. representative for Texas’s 29th congressional district since 2019.
Veronica Escobar has been serving as the U.S. representative for Texas’s 16th congressional district, based in El Paso, since 2019.
Michael McCaul is an American attorney and has been serving as the U.S. representative for Texas’s 10th congressional district since 2005.
Tony Gonzales is a United States Navy veteran who has served as the U.S. representative for Texas’s 23rd congressional district in the United States House of Representatives since 2021.
Mayra Flores represents Texas’s 34th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives since 2022.
William Hurd is a former CIA clandestine officer who served as the U.S. representative for Texas’s 23rd congressional district from 2015 to 2021. The district stretched approximately 550 miles from San Antonio to El Paso along the U.S.-Mexican border.