Issue 21- DECEMBER 2016 |
December 12, 2016

Welcome to Issue 21 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.
Activity in the News
Help America Get PHIT Read

Life Expectancy in the U.S. Has Dropped for the First Time in Decades Read

Chronic Disease is America's Biggest Healthcare Problem

U.S. National Security at Risk: 70% of Potential Recruits Unfit   Read

Move Over Math, Physical Literacy Counts Too!  Read

More Proof That Exercise Boosts Brain Power Read

Physical Activity: The Key to Living a Longer, Healthier Life? Read

Modern Lifestyles 'Stripping Physical Activity' from Our Kids  Read

If You Stopped Exercising Today, Here's How Long It Would Take Your Body To Notice Read

Cycle Infrastructure Benefits Everything from House Prices to Kids' School Results, Finds Study  Read

Go Out and Play! It's Good for Your Eyes  Read

Physical Fitness Leads to Mental Fitness Read

Why A Stressful Day Is Exactly When You Should Go To The Gym Read

Psychological Well-Being Linked to More Physical Activity in Older Adults Read

How Exercise Might Keep Depression at Bay Read

Parkinson's Disease Patients Benefit from Physical Activity Read

8 Types Of Cancer You're More Likely To Get If You're Overweight Read

Fitness Trackers Might Help Us Live Longer (if Only We Used Them) Read

Exercise May Be the Key to Better Sperm Read
Upcoming Events
*Active Living Research Conference 2017- Active Living across the Life Span
February 26- March 1, 2017
Clearwater Beach, FL

*2017 National Bike Summit
March 6-9, 2017
Washington, DC

The 2017 International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association Convention and Trade Show
March 8-11, 2017
Los Angeles, CA
  More Info  

* SHAPE America National Convention and Expo 
March 14-18, 2017
Boston, MA 

* SFIA National Health Through Fitness Day
March 21-22, 2017
Washington, DC

* The Society for Public Health Education's 68th Annual Conference
March 30 - April 1, 2017
Denver, Colorado

Building a Healthier Future Summit,  Partnership for a Healthier America 
May 10-12, 2017
Washington, DC

* National Walking Summit
September 13-15, 2017
St Paul, MN
Policy Update
NCPPA's Policy Agenda 
Thank you to all  who attended NCPPA's Policy Meeting in Washington, DC.  We were able to discuss our policy agenda and set forth the following priorities going into 2017. 
  • Supporting the PHIT Act
  • CDC funding for the Physical Activity Framework
  • Infrastructure investment and active transportation
  • Exercise prescription in the clinical environment
  • Research funding for physical activity at NIH and other federally-funded research around physical activity
  • Engaging in the Physical Activity Guidelines process
  • Worksite health promotion under the repeal of ACA
  • Promoting physical activity and physical education in schools
NCPPA is always looking for opportunities to support and collaborate with organizations to promote physical activity. We invite each of you participate in our monthly calls. 

For more information please contact
PHIT Act: Bipartisan Tax Relief for a Stronger, Healthier America -- Check out this article by Scott Goudeseune, NCPPA Board Member and CEO and President of the American Council on Exercise   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.  The PHIT Act offers policymakers an avenue to help individuals and families make physical activity more accessible and affordable, all while capitalizing on existing structures. More than 100 members of Congress from both sides of the aisle have pledged their support for PHIT. It is our hope and vision that Congress will recognize the necessity of the PHIT Act and pass it in the 114th Congress.  Learn More
The 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines for America 
The 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee
recently held their second public meeting to examine the latest scientific and medical evidence on the relationship between physical activity and health. Their efforts will generate a comprehensive scientific advisory report that will ultimately inform the second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.  The advisory committee will hold its next meeting in  March 2017.  Learn More

We encourage your organization to  provide scientific information and share your views with the Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee regarding physical activity and health through public comments  Here .
NCPPA will be submitting public comments.
Research, Reports, and Announcements
TFAH Deeply Disappointed Congress Utilized the Prevention Fund as a 21st Century Cures Offset  
Please read the following statement from Rich Hamburg, interim president and CEO, of Trust for America's Health (TFAH) on the 21st Century Cures legislative package.

"TFAH is deeply disappointed Congress will utilize the Prevention and Public Health Fund as an offset for the legislative package known as 21st Century Cures. Cutting the Prevention Fund will limit the nation's ability to improve health and quality of life and prevent disease." 

Read the Full statement.
US Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy, has released new recommendations to promote healthy aging in later life: "Healthy Aging in Action: Advancing the National Prevention Strategy". The report highlights governmental policies and programs that reflect the National Prevention Strategy's efforts to support an aging American population.

Read the report Here.
Physical Activity, Sport and Health Scorecard for Congress
The American College of Sports Medicine recently released the Physical Activity, Sport and Health Scorecard for the 114th Congress. During the 114th Congress (2015-2016), members of Congress had the opportunity to show their support, or lack of support, on issues vital to promoting a healthy lifestyle and safety in sports.  

To learn more and view the scorecard click Here.
Healthy Playground Makeover Sweepstakes

Does your local elementary or pre-school need a playground makeover? Enter the "Healthy Playground Makeover Sweepstakes" for a chance to win a $30,000 grant and a brand new playground for your school!  Anyone can enter the sweepstakes on behalf of a school now through March 24th, 2017. New this year! A third grand prize will be awarded to a military base or installation for a school or community organization where our service members' children attend. The more entries your school has, the greater your chances to win! ENTER NOW
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.
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