Issue 12- MARCH 2016 |
March 7, 2016

Welcome to Issue 12 of the Activity Advocate, NCPPA's comprehensive e-newsletter on physical activity. The Activity Advocate includes policy updates, news updates, conference and event updates, organizational updates  and  research,  all focused on physical activity.
Physical Activity In the News
The Eternal Weight-Loss Question: Exercise or Diet?

When Will PE Become Physical Education? Read

Getting People to Exercise Requires the Right Incentive Read
5 Ways Physical Fitness Improves Your Professional Life  Read
Teenagers Aren't Getting Enough Exercise at School, or Anywhere  Read

Exercise Is a Must for Healthy Bones 

Sneakernomics: How "Social Fitness" Changed The Sports Industry 

Exercise + Schoolwork = Better Test Scores? 
Regular Exercise Routine, Good Night's Sleep Could Lower Stroke Risk By 25% 

Children Aren't Active Enough in the Winter Read
Upcoming Events
Washington, DC

* Youth Sports Safety Summit March 14-15, 2016
Alexandria, VA

*SFIA's 2016 National Health Through Fitness Day 
March 15-16, 2016 Washington, DC 
* IHRSA 2016/35th Annual International Convention & Trade Show  March 21-24, 2016  Orlando, FL 

*SHAPE America National Convention & Expo April 5-9, 2016 Minneapolis, MN
* Safe Routes to School National Conference April 7-9, 2016  Columbus, OH

* Aspen Institute's Project Play Summit  May 17, 2016 Washington, DC

* Building a Healthier Future Summit , The Partnership for A Healthier America  May 18-20, 2016
Washington, DC 

* ACSM's 63rd Annual Meeting, 7th World Congress on Exercise is Medicine® and World Congress on the Basic Science of Energy Balance
May 31- June 4, 2016
Boston, MA
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Policy Update
Speak Out Day for Health and Physical Education 
March 1-2, 2016-- Two-hundred health and physical education advocacy champions from 46 states came to Washington, DC for SHAPE America's annual SPEAK Out! Day, urging members of Congress to support health and physical education programs by fully funding Title IV Part A of the  Every Student Succeeds Act  (ESSA).

Physical education is listed as part of a well-rounded education in ESSA.  This designation allows physical education to be eligible for funding opportunities throughout the bill. The following document summarizes the potential funding opportunities for improving access to and the quality of physical education. More
Planning Is Underway for the Next Edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (PAG) The Office of Disease Preven tion and Health Promotion (ODPHP) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is leading this effort.   Nominations to serve on the 2018 PAG Advisory Committee have been received. HHS is expected to name the members of the Advisory Committee in time to hold their first meeting in summer 2016. More
Personal Health Investment Today Act (PHIT)  Update
Supporters of the PHIT Act, including several NCPPA members, have achieved an unprecedented level of bipartisan support, including 54 co-sponsors (28D-26R) from the House of Representatives and 9 co-sponsors in the Senate (5D-4R). 

The Personal Health Investment Today Act (PHIT Act) (H.R.1218 & S.2218) is legislation pending in Congress that would expand the IRS definition of a "medical expense" to include physical activity as a form of prevention. More
NCPPA to Hold In-Person Policy Meeting The National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity will hold an in-person policy meeting on March 30, 2016 in Washington, DC. For more information or if you are interested in attending please contact us at
Research, Reports, and Announcements
March Is National Athletic Training Month
National Athletic Training Month is held every March in order to spread awareness about all that athletic trainers do. This year's slogan is "Every Body Needs and Athletic Trainer". What a great opportunity to show your athletic trainer how much you appreciate what they do! More

March Is Cheerleading Safety Month March is Cheerleading Safety Month created to spotlight the importance of safety all year long. More
Physical Activity Council Releases 2016 Top-line Report
On March 1, 2016 the Physical Activity Council (PAC) released it 2016 Top-line Report. The Participation Report is The PAC's annual study tracking sports, fitness, and recreation participation in the US. The overall aim of this report is to establish levels of activity and identify key trends in sports, fitness, and recreation participation in the US.  Read
Does Your Organization Have a Human Energy Crisis?
Check out this article by NCPPA Spokesperson, Dr. Jack Groppel titled "Does Your Organization Have a Human Energy Crisis". The article is published in a special Employee Wellbeing section of  USA Today. This is part of a significant digital campaign focusing on the importance of investing in employee health and wellness. Read
Industry Leaders Announce Unprecedented Marriage Between Healthcare and Fitness To jointly address the rapid progression of chronic diseases and skyrocketing healthcare costs, Exercise is Medicine® announced a new international collaboration to bring together healthcare systems, providers, fitness professionals and community resources across the nation to better integrate physical activity into the nation's healthcare. Exercise is Medicine® is a global health initiative managed by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), along with the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and the Medical Fitness Association (MFA). More
Physical Activity and Public Health Courses Returning September 2016!  The University of South Carolina Prevention Research Center is pleased to announce the return of the Physical Activity and Public Health Courses (PAPH).  After a two year hiatus, the Courses will be offered in September 2016.  Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, PAPH 2016 will mark the 20th year of successful training for researchers and public health practitioners.  
For more information, please visit their website at or contact Janna Borden at
The CEO Pledge for Physical Activity
The CEO Pledge for Physical Activity is NCPPA's national campaign to encourage every CEO In the United States and beyond to recognize physical activity as an important driver of employee health and business performance.   Learn More
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.
NCPPA Policy Agenda

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