Issue 13- APRIL 2016 |
April 5, 2016

Welcome to Issue 13 of the Activity Advocate, NCPPA's comprehensive e-newsletter on physical activity. The Activity Advocate includes policy updates, news updates, conference and event updates, organization updates  and  research,  all focused on physical activity.
Become a Member!
NCPPA would like to welcome our newest members:

- Maryland State Advisory Council on Physical Fitness
America Walks

**In addition we'd like to welcome Pam Eidson and the National Physical Activity Society to our Board of Directors.

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.
The CEO Pledge for Physical Activity
NCPPA is happy to announce that Jack Groppel, PhD, co-founder of the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute, will continue to serve as the NCPPA national spokesperson for 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.  
Physical Activity In the News
Managing Diabetes Risk With Diet and Exercise
World's Obese Population Hits 641 million, Global Study Finds Read

Exercise Slows Brain Aging By 10 Years Read

More Doctors Are Prescribing Exercise Read 

Walking Is Great for Exercise and Transportation Read

Physical Fitness Gender Gap: Parents, Gym Classes Encourage Exercise With Boys More Than Girls  Read 

Ready. Set. GO!: The First Lady's first-ever White House Fun Run  Read

Exercise Makes Our Muscles Work Better With Age Read

Physical Activity Deficiency: A New Risk Factor for Type 2 Diabetes?  Read

When Exercise Is Competitive, Winning Isn't Always the Goal Read

Physical Activity Integrated in Math & Spelling Lessons Significantly Increase Student Performance Read

Does Your Organization Have a Human Energy Crisis? Read

Physical Activity Has Many Benefits for Kids Read

By Pairing Exercise and Nutrition, Fitness Studios Are Taking a Holistic Approach to Health Read
Upcoming Events
* National Public Health Week 2016 April 4-10

SHAPE America National Convention  April 5-9
Minneapolis, MN

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

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

* ACSM's 63rd Annual Meeting, 7th World Congress on Exercise is Medicine  May 31- June 4
Boston, MA

National Youth Sports Week  July 10th - 16th, Washington, DC
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Policy Update
PHIT Act Support Surges After Industry and Athletes Take Capitol Hill  Landmark legislation to reduce consumers' costs for sports and fitness activities took a huge step forward during the 17th SFIA National Health Through Fitness (NHTF) Day, co-sponsored  by PHIT America and American College of Sports Medicine on Wednesday, March 16. More than 90 meetings with U.S. Senators and Representatives spurred unprecedented commitment for the PHIT (Personal Health Investment Today) Act, positioning the bill for possible passage later this year.   Read
Physical Education Funding  While a number of activities are funded under Title IV, Part A Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) Grants of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), NCPPA strongly believes physical education is a foundation for healthy, active lifestyles and an important part of a well-rounded, public education.  To that end, we encourage the Department of Education to provide guidance to state and local education agencies on all available funding for physical education not only through SSAE grants but under ESSA as a whole. Read the 2017 Physical Education Appropriations Request Letter
A Response to Proposed Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Regulations on Employer-Sponsored Health, Safety, and Well-Being Initiatives. The aim of this study was to identify areas of consensus in response to proposed Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 regulations on employer-sponsored health, safety, and well-being initiatives. Read
2016 National Bike Summit & Women's Forum  The 2016 National Bike Summit & Women's Forum took place in Washington, DC, from March 7-9.   The summit is the premier bike advocacy event of the year, uniting the voices of bicyclists on Capitol Hill.  This year's lobby day  included over 360 meetings of attendees with Congressional staff or elected officials from 47 states. In addition,  Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) was presented with the Legislator of the Year award for his consistent efforts to include biking and walking into the transportation discussion. Read
Doctors, Parent Advocates, and Athletic Trainers Gathered for the Seventh Annual Youth Sports Safety Summit 
On March 14-15, youth sports safety experts and advocates gathered at the 7th annual Youth Sports Safety Summit in Alexandria, Virginia, hosted by the National Athletic Trainers' Association and the Youth Sports Safety Alliance  to educate key stakeholders about current issues in youth sports safety and effective measures to keep young athletes safe.    Read
Planning Is Underway for the Next Edition of the Physical Activity Recommendations (PAR)  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 PAR 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. Learn More
Research, Reports, and Announcements
Updated U.S. National Physical Activity Plan To Be Released  The National Physical Activity Plan Alliance (NPAPA) is pleased to announce the upcoming release of the new U.S. National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP) on April 20 in Washington, D.C.
This event will highlight important new elements of the NPAP.  
More Info
Diabetes Prevention Model Supported by the Affordable Care Act Saves Money and Improves Health
The Department of Health and Human Services announced a significant step forward in building a health care system that works better, spends dollars smarter, and keeps people healthy. Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced that the independent Office of the Actuary in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) certified that expansion of the Diabetes Prevention Program, a model funded by the Affordable Care Act, would reduce net Medicare spending. 

The expansion was also determined to improve the quality of patient care without limiting coverage or benefits. This is the first time that a preventive service model from the CMS Innovation Center has become eligible for expansion into the Medicare program. Read More
New Report Grades Each State's Support for Walking, Biking, and Active Communities  The Safe Routes to School National Partnership and the Y have released Making Strides: 2016 State Report Cards on Support for Walking, Bicycling, and Active Kids and Communities, to help state leaders and decision makers understand how states are investing transportation dollars, committing resources and establishing policies to support walkable communities.

How is your state doing? Find out here!
National Public Health Week April 4-10  During the first full week of April each year, the American Public Health Association brings together communities across the U.S. to observe National Public Health Week as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation.  More Info  
Celebrate National Walking Day on Wednesday, April 6.    Take the first step to a healthier life by taking part in the American Heart Association's National Walking Day.   This year's celebration occurs Wednesday, April 6th. P articipants are encouraged to lace up their sneakers and take 30 minutes out of their day to get up and walk. More Info
#AHALaceUp #WhyGetActive #NationalWalkingDay #StepItUp
National Park Week April 16-24, 2016 Each spring the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation invite everyone to celebrate National Park Week. From April 16 - 24, you are invited to celebrate all that America's more than 400 national parks have to offer. And in honor of the National Park Service Centennial this year, all parks are offering free admission the entire week. This includes all National Parks, Monuments, Memorials, Historic Sites, Battlefields, etc. From diverse wildlife and iconic landscapes, to vibrant culture and rich history, the National Park System has something for everyone.  More Info
Every Kid Healthy™ Week: April 25-29, 2016
Every Kid Healthy™ Week is an annual observance created to celebrate school health and wellness achievements shine a spotlight on the great efforts school partners are doing to improve the health and wellness of their students and the link between nutrition, physical activity and learning - because healthy kids learn better! Everyone in the country can get involved and be a part of the celebration to help support sound nutrition, regular physical activity and health-promoting programs in schools.  More Info
2016 Project Play Summit, May 17 
It's been a year since the release of the seminal Aspen Institute report, Sport for All, Play for Life: A Playbook to Get Every Kid in the Game, and many organizations have taken action consistent with its eight strategies for the eight sectors that touch the lives of children. At the Project Play Summit, meet leaders of these efforts and learn discover opportunities to build healthy communities through sport. More Info 
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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Ayanna McKnight