WASHINGTON, D.C. – A U.S. Representative is baring his six-pack abs for Men's Health Magazine in an effort to challenge Americans to shape up.
Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., appears on the magazine cover, promoting his "Fit for Summer, Fit for Life Challenge," which challenges Americans to drop 10, 20 or even 30 pounds by Labor Day, while at the same time slashing the risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and many other diseases.
Schock, 29, is the youngest House member and the first one born in the 1980s. He spends many a morning working out at the House gym, followed by a five-mile run.
"It's all about healthy choices and habits quite frankly," Schock told Matt Lauer on NBC's "Today," And I found that when I was in college, I was beginning to pick up bad habits in terms of things I was eating and having a more sedentary lifestyle. And I realized, you know what, this isn't a direction I wanted to go and I simply went to a local gym and asked for help."
Schock says amid all the debate about health care in Congress, the rising cost of health care is driven by individual choices.