Issue 16- JULY 2016 |
July 8, 2016

Welcome to Issue 16 of the Activity Advocate, NCPPA's comprehensive e-newsletter on physical activity. The Activity Advocate includes policy, news, conference and event, organization and research updates all focused on physical activity.
Upcoming Events
National Youth Sports Week  July 10th - 16th, Washington, DC

* Congressional Youth Sports Expo July 21
Washington, DC

* Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee Meeting 
July 14 and July 15
Bethesda, MD

Your Weight Matters National Convention August 25-38
Washington, DC

1st Complete Streets Conference   November 15
Sacramento, CA
Activity in the News
Closest Thing to a Wonder Drug? Try Exercise  Read

Walking Meeting Could Help Increase Physical Activity Levels of Office Workers Read

How Many Calories We Burn When We Sit, Stand or Walk Read

Why the Marines Decided to Allow Heavier Women (and men in some cases) to Serve  Read

Many Schools Skipping Some PE Classes, Despite the Law Read

Not Gaining the Weight Beats Having to Lose It Read

Clemson Professor Finds Positive Effects from Bringing Physical Activity to the Desk Read

Researchers Draw Link Between Physical Activity, Academic Success Read

How Exercise Shapes You, Far Beyond the Gym Read

Walking Meetings: A Step in the Right Direction for Office Worker Health   Read

To Curb Bone Loss, a Certain Amount of Exercise Is Needed Read

Obesity Continues to Weigh On Americans Read
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Policy Update
Help Requested: Transportation Performance Measures
In late Spring, the US Department of Transportation released a  Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on 5 performance measures on transportation, including: performance of major roads, congestion mitigation and air quality. None of them include the needs of people who walk, bike and/or take transit.

If the rules are implemented as is, they could incentivize building and widening roads without consideration of the needs for non-automobile travelers. They do not hold state and metropolitan areas accountable for making biking, walking, rolling and taking transit accessible. 

We respectfully ask that your organizations consider submitting comments on the proposed rule and have included a template letter below  (the template includes both a health and 'transportation for everyone' argument). You could use one or both of these options. T he deadline for comments is August 20th. 
  •  Submit Comments Here
  • For background information Here
  • Sample/Template letter Here
** Thank you TAP Coalition for providing the update!
PHIT Act Update Supporters of PHIT, including several NCPPA members, have achieved an unprecedented level of bipartisan support, including  83 cosponsors (48D-35R). #PassThePHITAct

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. Learn More
Research, Reports, and Announcements
HHS Names Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced the appointment of 17 nationally recognized experts in physical activity and health to serve on the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee. 

Over the next two years, the Committee will examine current scientific evidence on the relationship between physical activity and health outcomes and will ultimately submit evidence-based recommendations in a scientific advisory report to the Secretary of HHS. These recommendations will be considered, along with public and federal agency comments, as HHS develops the second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans . Learn More

The Advisory Committee will hold the first of five meetings on July 14 and July 15. The meetings are open to the public, in person at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Campus in Bethesda or via webcast. Register to attend here.
Congressional Youth Sports Expo to Be Held July 12, 2016
The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) and the Congressional Youth Sports Caucus in celebration of National Youth Sports Week will host a physical activity Expo in the Rayburn House of Representatives Office Building, Gold Room #2168 on Capitol Hill Washington D.C. on NCYS Youth Sports Day, Tuesday July 12, 2016 from 11:00am-1:00pm.
The purpose of the event is to showcase how youth sports organizations and members of Congress can collaborate to promote healthy lifestyles for children and their families through sports. The event features NCYS members and physical activity stations where members of Congress and their staff have the opportunity to play youth sports and learn about youth sports activities. More Info
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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Ayanna McKnight