Issue 19- OCTOBER 2016 |
October 7, 2016

Welcome to Issue 19 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
America Walks Webinar: "Walking and Walkability in Rural Communities"
October 13

* Trust for America's Health Vision for a Healthier America Launch "Blueprint for a Healthier America Report" 
October 19
Washington, DC

  * Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee Meeting
October 27-28
Bethesda, MD

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
Congress Can Be the Catalyst America Needs to Get Moving   Read

How Exercise Helps You Age Better   Read

Why Are You Still Sitting There?   Read

Bike Lanes Are a Sound Public Health Investment Read 

A Single Concussion May Have Lasting Impact Read

More than 1 in 4 US adults Over 50 Do Not Engage in Regular Physical Activity Read

U.S. Ranks Near Bottom Among Countries for Youth Fitness Read 

How Michelle Obama Quietly Changed What Americans Eat Read

Jumping Up and Down Is Ridiculously Good Exercise Read
After Just 10 Days of Rest, Brain Benefits of Exercise Diminish Read

90% Of Teens Don't Reach Exercise Goals; How Much Exercise Are High School Students Getting? Read

Concussion Diagnoses in Teens Hit a Record High    Read

Poor Exercise Habits May Follow Teens Into Adulthood Read 

Walking Fends Off Disability, And It's Not Too Late To Start  Read

Orlando's Latest Theme Park Is a City for Wellness  Read  

Exercise For Your Health Read

How to Get Motivated to Exercise ... For the Rest of Your Life Read

Walking Is Medicine? It Helped High-risk Seniors Stay Mobile Read

A New Exercise Partner Is the Key to Exercising More Read

Brain Benefits of Exercise Diminish After Short Rest Read
Policy Update
CDC Funding for Physical Activity- Please Sign on to Support!
NCPPA is circulating a sign-on letter in support of increased CDC funding for Physical Activity. Specifically, we ask for $120 million for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to implement a comprehensive physical activity framework, led by the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO). We have more than 100 organizations signed on; however, there are still a number of important public health partners that have yet to sign! 

Now is the time to make a new federal investment in the health of Americans and develop a comprehensive program to promote physical activity in this country. We need the  CDC to implement the physical activity framework, a plan to get the population moving more.  We want to make sure that the next administration and Congress make an investment in physical activity.  It is critically important to show an incoming Administration and Congress that improving health should be a top national priority. 

To sign on, please e-mail with your organization name and contact information. Deadline has been extended, please sign on ASAP. Read the Letter.
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. #CEOPledge

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
StepItUp!  It's official! We're joining forces with Fitbit and the Surgeon General by taking the challenge to Step It Up this fall. The goal? Get as many steps as possible from October 13-26.  Learn More!
Second Physical Activity Guidelines Committee Meeting
The 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee will convene its second public meeting October 27 - 28, 2016. This meeting will include an opportunity for the public to provide oral testimony to the Advisory Committee. Please note that you need to register to give oral testimony by October 20, 2016.  You can attend the meetings in person or online via webcast. Register Here
Stories from Small Towns, 2nd Edition Now Available 
Stories from Small Towns,  a Project of the National Physical Activity Society, show s that structural changes to make walking easier can be carried out in America's thousands of small towns, not just its big cities. The project focuses on advice from towns that have made some changes, with the aim of inspiring town leaders across the country to see such infrastructure as possible and worthy. Read  

2017 National Walking Summit America Walks and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative are excited to announce the call for proposals for the 2017 National Walking Summit to be held in St. Paul, MN from September 13-15, 2017. 

The theme of the 2017 National Walking Summit is "Vital and Vibrant Communities: The Power of Walkability."  
The conference will explore how walking and walkability create engaged, thriving, and inclusive communities for all members. To learn more and submit a proposal, click here. Submissions are due December 15, 2016.

October Is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month 
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month  ( NBCAM ), is an annual health campaign organized by major  breast cancer  charities to increase  awareness of the disease  and to  raise funds  for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure.  Learn More
#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.  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!
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