Issue 18- SEPTEMBER 2016 |
September 8, 2016

Welcome to Issue 18 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
* SHAPE America's Online Advocacy Day
September 14

* Go4Life Twitter Chat "Exercise- Helping You Stay #Fit4Funtion As You Age"
September 14 1pm EST

* Association of State and Territorial Health Officials Annual Meeting and Policy Summit
September 20-22
Minneapolis, MN

*PHIT Act Lobby Day
September 21
Washington, DC

*Workshop: Driving Action and Progress on Obesity Prevention and Treatment 
September 27
Washington, DC

*  Surgeon General's Call to Action Anniversay 
Twitter Chat #StepItUp
September 29 at 2pm EST

* 11th Annual Cleveland Clinic Obesity Summit
September 29-30
Cleveland, OH

American Public Health Association's 2016 Annual Meeting & Expo 
October 29 - November 2
Denver, CO

* 2016 American Institute for Cancer Research Conference 
November 14 - 16
Bethesda, MD

* Street Lights: Illuminating Implementation and Equity in Complete Streets
November 15
Sacramento, CA

* International Society for Physical Activity & Health International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health 
November 16-19
Bangkok, Thailand
Activity in the News
We're So Confused: The Problems With Food and Exercise Studies  

Obesity Is Linked to at Least 13 Types of Cancer

Exercise Could Cut Thousand of Dollars Off Your Medical Bills  Read 

Seven Surprising Benefits of Exercise Read

Promoting Wellness: How to Make the Workplace Healthy Once and for All   
PE Isn't Just A Course In School, It's An Opportunity
The Politics of Play Time: Moms Take to School Boards, Elections

Let's Build a School Environment That Will Better Support Learning and Our Children's Health Read

Exploring The Link Between Exercise And Happiness Read

Exercise Helps Your Mental Health, Depression & Anxiety: Now What?   Read

Lifting Weights, Twice a Week, May Aid the Brain  Read

How Weight Training Can Help Women Stay Strong Read

Really, Really Short Workouts Read

Can Exercise Help Dyslexia? Read
Policy Update
#MoreTitleIV Let's Advocate Together with SHAPE America 
SHAPE America is on an advocacy mission and they need our help. Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), $1.65 billion in funding is at stake for health and physical education.

They need you/your organization to sign their  Thunderclap , asking Congress to fully fund Title IV, Part A under ESSA before September 14th. Ask others in your network to do same.
Join SHAPE America's Online Advocacy Day, September 14! Together, let's make sure our voices are heard. Ask your lawmakers to fully fund the Title IV, Part A grant under ESSA at $1.65 billion. This much needed funding will support a student's well-rounded education, which now includes now includes health and physical education.  Learn More
Milestone! 100 Members of Congress Support the PHIT Act 
The PHIT Act recently received support from the 100th Member of Congress when Congressman Scott Dejarlais, from Tennessee, signed on as a cosponsor.  The 100 supporters are made up of 87 Congressman and 13 Senators. Read

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
The CEO Pledge for Physical Activity #CEOPledge Drive
Join us throughout October for our #CEOPledge Drive, 
a month-long campaign to engage NCPPA members and other partner organizations in the recruitment of signers for the CEO Pledge for Physical Activity ("the Pledge").

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
Research, Reports, and Announcements
Physical Activity Lowers Risk Of 5 Chronic Diseases: How Regular Exercise Keeps You Healthy  Read
Study Finds Link Between Hairstyle Choice and Level of Physical Activity Among African-American Teens Read
Exercise Can Help Keep Medical Costs Down  Getting recommended levels of exercise weekly may help keep down annual medical costs both for people with and without cardiovascular disease, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association Read
State of Obestiy 2016:  Better Policies for a Healthier America
State of Obesity is the 13th annual report produced by Trust For America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The report includes annual rates and rankings of adult obesity and obesity rate trends by ethnicity, region, age, gender, education and income.  Learn More Read Full Report 
Excess Body Fat Now Linked to 13 Different Types of Cancer 
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a division of the World Health Organization, released a new report on the link between weight control and cancer risk. The group's new report concludes that  the absence of excess body fatness lowers the risk of most cancers.  Read
#0to60 - The Fastest Way to Living Healthy Starts Right Now 
In celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the  President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN), the National Foundation on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (NFFSN) launched the #0to60 Campaign to inspire all Americans to accelerate their journey to leading a healthy, active lifestyle.  #0to60  has a brand new website and app to help you accelerate your journey to your healthiest life.  Learn More

#0to60 Anthem: Multi-platinum and Grammy-nominated recording artist Jordin Sparks, along with Brady Rymer and Doug E. Fresh, teamed up with the NFFSN and Hip Hop Public Health to create the #0to60 Anthem. Listen Here!

"History of Exercise": The First Lady teamed up with Funny Or Die star Nick Offerman to celebrate the 60th anniversary with a new video, "History of Exercise". Watch  Here!
September is Go4Life Month!
Go4Life Month  is an opportunity to focus attention on the health benefits of exercise and physical activity for older adults.  The goal for Go4Life Month  is to help older adults think about the practical benefits of exercise like being able to drive, carry groceries into the house, doing yardwork, or even walking the dog. This year's theme is #Fit4Function
RUN@WORK Day & RUN@School Day -September 16, 2016 the Road Runners Club of America will present the 11th Annual RUN@WORK Day and the 5th Annual RUN@School Day, nationwide fitness efforts. Corporate wellnes programs, human resource departments, running clubs, running events, running shoe stores, teachers, coaches, parents, and individuals are encouraged to plan fun runs and walks around the country to promote increased physical activity in their communities, with their employers/ employees, and at schools. Learn More
September is National Yoga Month National Yoga Month is a national observance and awareness campaign held during the month of September to educate about the health benefits of  yoga and to inspire a healthy lifestyle. 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.
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.


Ayanna McKnight