Issue 23- FEBRUARY 2017 |
February 14, 2017

Happy Heart Month and welcome to Issue 23 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
Not All Fun And Games: New Guidelines Urge Schools To Rethink Recess Read

Physical Activity as a Vital Sign Read

Quality Pre-K Important for Workforce, Military  Read

Lessons on Aging Well, From a 105-Year-Old Cyclist Read

For Kids, Regular Exercise Seems to Put Depression on the Run Read

Get Up and Move. It May Make You Happier. Read

Military Investing for a Less Costly, Fit & Healthy Force Read

How To Help Your Employees Get Heart Healthy Read

18th National Health Through Fitness Day 2017 Set For March 22 in Washington, DC  Read

Don't Like to Exercise? Read

Army Unveils New Physical Assessment Test  Read

Fisher-Price Will Battle Childhood Obesity With an Exercise Bike Tablet Holder

The Most Pressing Reason Why We Need to Help Our Kids Get Moving Read

How Exercise Can Help Depression in Kids Read

Take Valentine's Day to Heart
Upcoming Events
* NIRSA 2017- Collegiate Recreation: An International Treasure
February 21-24, 2017
National Harbor, MD

* Active Living Research Conference 2017- Active Living across the Life Span
February 26- March 1, 2017
Clearwater Beach, FL

* Youth Sports Safety Summit- Less Risk, More Reward: Emphasizing Safety and Encouraging Success
March 6-7, 2017
Indianapolis, IN

*2017 National Bike Summit- Building a Bicycle Friendly America
March 6-9, 2017
Washington, DC

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

* SHAPE America  Speak Out Day! 2017
April 25-26, 2017
Washington, DC

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
Thank you for participating in this month's NCPPA Policy call.  NCPPA continues to follow ACA repeal/replace as it relates to work-site health promotion and the Prevention Fund. We are also  moving forward with the appropriations ask for CDC funding for the Physical Activity Framework.

Attached please find the following:

Letter on pre-existing conditions and testimony from the American Heart Association as an example of how organizations are weighing in on ACA repeal/reform.

PHIT Toolkit from IHRSA.

PHIT Update from the PHIT Coalition
House Ways & Means member, Congressman Jason Smith (R-MO), will introduce PHIT with Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI) serving as lead Democrat.  Eight members of the Ways & Means Committee will join them as original co-sponsors. 
The PHIT language has also been included in Republican healthcare replacement bills introduced by Senator Rand Paul (TN) and Congressman Phil Roe (TN) and will be included in Congressman Erik Paulsen's soon to be introduced HSA Reform bill.  Speaker Ryan has stated the Paulsen Bill will be the starting point for HSA reform.
It is unlikely PHIT will be included in Budget Reconciliation due to the cost but it is well-positioned for both the healthcare reform and tax reform bills.

The Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act 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.
Physical Activity Prescription
The American Heart Association, the American Council on Exercise, the American College of Sports Medicine and other stakeholders will be meeting with the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) this week to discuss the importance of creating Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) measures for physical activity screening and prescription in adults.  We will have an update on the outcome of this meeting in our next newsletter.
Research, Reports, and Announcements
Military Investing for a Less Costly, Fit & Healthy Force 
Top military officers described threats to our military's readiness this week before the Senate and House Armed Services Committees in appeals to boost spending. Read
Map Series, Complete Streets Policies -- 2006 to 2015  
This series of maps, from the National Complete Streets Coalition,  displays the progression in the adoption of state-level and local- or regional-level Complete Streets policies in the United States from 2006 through 2015. 

Trends in Physical Activity- Summary 
This document, from CDC's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity, presents trends in the prevalence of physical activity objectives included in Healthy People 2020.  Physical activity levels appear to have increased from about 2008 to 2012, but have since leveled off. Read Here
American Heart Month 2017   
American Heart Month is in full swing.  A time when people across the globe are encouraged to know their numbers and fight heart disease and stroke. 

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for American women and men, accounting for 1 in 4 deaths in the United States. Nearly half of Americans have at least one  risk factor for heart disease  , such as high blood pressure, obesity, physical inactivity, or an unhealthy diet. The good news is that individuals of all ages can reduce their risk for heart disease by making lifestyle changes and managing medical conditions through appropriate treatment plans.  Learn More
Life Expectancy Drops for the First Time in 20+ Years : Experts give reasons for drop and  5 Solutions
For the first time since the early 1990s, life expectancy rates in the U.S. have declined. This article from PHIT AMERICA describes how physical activity, prevention, and proper nutrition can improve the health of our nation and improve life expectancy.  Read Here 
SHAPE America and CDC Release Materials to Support Recess Schools across the country will now have step-by-step guidance and evidence-based strategies to support school recess for all K-12 students and enhance active school environments. The two new guidance documents, Strategies for Recess in Schools and Recess Planning in Schools: A Guide to Putting Strategies for Recess Into Practice, can downloaded Here.
Moving the Needle on Obesity 
The Campaign to End Obesity recently released their first-ever report card evaluating the work of Congress to addressing the obesity epidemic.  Find out how they did & who is at the Top of the Class!  Read
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