Issue 3- April 2015 | ncppa.org
April 3, 2015

Welcome to Issue 3 of the Activity Advocate, NCPPA's comprehensive e-newsletter on physical activity. We'll bring you policy updates, news updates, conference and event updates, organizational updates, and research all focused on physical activity.
Upcoming Events
* Every Kid Healthy? Week is April 19-25, 2015. Be a part of the celebration to help support sound nutrition, regular physical activity and health-promoting programs in schools. Learn More

* The President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition (PCFSN) will hold its 2015 Council Meeting on May 5th in Washington, DC. For more info, please visit Here

* Join the Institute of Medicine's Roundtable on Obesity Solutions on April 14-15, 2015 for a public workshop, Physical Activity: Moving Toward Obesity Solutions, that will explore the role of physical activity in the prevention and treatment of obesity. Register Here
Sign the CEO Pledge
The CEO Pledge is a national campaign promoted by the NCPPA to encourage every CEO in the United States to recognize physical activity as an important driver of employee health and business performance.
 
The CEO Pledge is a great way to engage business leaders and influencers! As of today, more than 300 CEO's have signed the pledge. To learn more, click Here!
Who is NCPPA?
The National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity is a diverse blend of associations, health organizations, and private corporations advocating for policies that encourage Americans of all ages to be physically active.
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Policy Update

FIT Kids Act

The American Heart Association is circulating a sign-on letter in support of the reintroduction of the Fitness Integrated in Teaching (FIT) Kids Act. "The bill has been modified this year to restore the 37% cut PEP funding sustained, and continues to support: curriculum evaluation and fitness assessment reporting - and collecting this data; and professional development for health and physical education teachers."

To sign on, please e-mail t-annessa.bontrager@heart.org with your organization name.  If you have any questions about the bill's content, please contact kristy.anderson@heart.org.

 

Common Fund

NCPPA has signed-on in support of including a physical activity research program within the NIH Common Fund. Since its inception in 2006, the Common Fund has been used to "support a series of short term, exceptionally high impact" programs. By including physical activity research within the NIH Common Fund, NIH would take a tremendous step forward in discovering the educational and practical applications of physical activity.

 

Workplace Wellness and the EEOC

On March 23, 2015, The Subcommittee on Workforce Protections held a hearing on "H.R. 1189, "Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act,  H.R. 548, "Certainty in Enforcement Act of 2015"; H.R. 549, "Litigation Oversight Act of 2015"; and H.R. 550, "EEOC Transparency and Accountability Act".  Watch Here

 
The EEOC is moving forward with a proposed rule on worksite wellness. This proposal will be critical
to help employers decide how to design their programs and align with federal law.  


Prevention and Public Health Fund

NCPPA has signed-on in support of the Prevention and Public Health Fund letter to Congressional appropriators.  The Fund was established to provide expanded and sustained national investments in prevention and public health, to improve health outcomes, and to enhance health care quality.

 

To date, the Fund has invested in a broad range of evidence-based activities including community and clinical prevention initiatives; research, surveillance and tracking; public health infrastructure; immunizations and screenings; tobacco prevention; and public health workforce and training. Chronic diseases - such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes - are responsible for 7 out of 10 deaths among Americans each year. They account for 75% of the nation's health spending. Focusing on prevention can both improve the health of Americans and help control health care spending.

 

Transportation Alternatives Program Improvement Act

NCPPA has also signed on in support of the Transportation Alternatives Program Improvement Act. This will serve to protect Safe Routes to School and other active transportation initiatives in the forthcoming reauthorization.

New Members
NCPPA would like to welcome our newest members:
  • Action For Healthy Kids (AFHK)
  • Fit Me Now, LLC
  • Institute of Lifestyle Medicine (ILM)
  • Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD)
  • Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA)
We invite you to join us as we advocate for policies that encourage Americans of all ages to make physical activity a regular part of their day. Learn More! 
News Updates
  • The Benefits of a Lunch Hour Walk Read more
     
  • Medical Schools Aren't Teaching the Importance of Physical Activity and Exercise  Read more 
     
  • Physical Activity May Reduce Age-Related Movement Problems Read more 
     
  • Parents Report that Afterschool Programs Promote Healthy Eating, Physical Activity Read more
We want this newsletter to be as useful and informative as possible - so please send us your feedback and suggestions regarding current content and future topics we should address. We look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Ayanna McKnight
Fellow
NCPPA