Issue 24- MARCH 2017 |
March 7, 2017

Welcome to Issue 24 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
This New Bill Could Make Your Fitness Habits Way More Affordable  Read

I Did Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Workout. It Nearly Broke Me

Fewer Heavy Americans Are Trying to Lose Weight, study finds  Read

Not Exercising Is As Bad As Being Obese, Health-Wise

Going from Low- to Intermediate-Fitness May Prolong Life Read

Few Heart Attack Survivors Get Recommended Physical Activity Read

The Health Care Cure Must Include Prevention Read

Benefits of Physical Activity May Outweigh Impact of Obesity on Cardiovascular Disease Read

How Much P.E. Does Your Kids' School Offer? Read

Exercise Beats Weight Loss at Helping Seniors' Hearts Read

Why Swimming Is So Good For You Read

Exercise Helps Prevent Falls in Parkinson's Patients Read

Why Exercise Is Good for Your Physical AND Emotional Health Read

Can Staying Active Help to Prevent Chronic Pain? Read

High-Intensity Exercise Requires Less Time, More Effort Read

Experts Share How to Balance Work, Life and Wellness Read

New Study Suggests Strategies for Keeping Off Pounds

Beyond Team Sports-Fun Activities That Promote Fitness Read
Upcoming Events
*2017 National Bike Summit- Building a Bicycle Friendly America
March 6-9, 2017
Washington, DC

* The Right to Walk Webinar
America Walks
March 8, 2017 at 2pm EST

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

2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee  3rd Meeting
March 23, 2017

* The Society for Public Health Education's (SOPHE) 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

* NATA 2017 Capitol Hill Day
May 16, 2017 
Washington, DC

* ACSM's 64th Annual Meeting, 8th World Congress on Exercise is MedicineĀ®
May 30- June 3, 2017
Denver, CO

* National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) Legislative 
July 18, 2017
Washington, DC

* National Walking Summit
September 13-15, 2017
St Paul, MN
Policy Update
Personal Health Investment Today Act Reintroduced
Last week, the Personal Health Investment Today Act (PHIT) was reintroduced in the House and Senate. Congressmen Jason Smith (R-MO) & Ron Kind (D-WI) were joined by 10 original co-sponsors on H.R.1267. Senators John Thune (R-SD) & Chris Murphy (D-CT) were joined by Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Joe Donnelly (D-IN) on S.482. 

PHIT would allow consumers to use pre-tax medical accounts to offset costs related to sports, fitness and other qualified physical activities. Eligible expenses would include youth sport registrations, health club memberships; fitness and exercise classes lessons and clinics; running registration fees; yoga; activity-based camps and clinics; and sports and fitness equipment purchases solely used to participate in a physical activity.   Learn more about PHIT here .
EEOC Moves to Dismiss Wellness Case  
The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a request Wednesday for a federal court to either dismiss or grant summary judgment in a case challenging the agency's updated wellness regulations. Last year, AARP sued the commission, arguing that the wellness regulations violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. The association claimed the regulations ran afoul of those laws by allowing employers to set the incentive for participation in a wellness program (judged by many a penalty for non-participation) to as high as 30 percent of the cost of an employee's health insurance.
In the court filing, the commission said AARP lacked standing to bring the case. "Plaintiff has failed to show ... that it has a member who will be injured by the challenged rules," the EEOC argued. In addition, the EEOC said that even if AARP did have standing to bring the case, the organization's argument failed on the merits because the ADA does not prohibit inducements and because the EEOC "adequately explained the basis for regulatory action." Read the motion here.
Sign On : President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition
As President Trump continues to build his administration, it is important to highlight the importance of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition and to ask President Trump to fill the leadership roles of the President's Council as soon as possible.  ACSM has drafted an organizational sign-on letter in support of the President's Council and would love to have your organization sign-on in support.  

Please review the attached letter and contact Monte Ward to sign on. Deadline is March 10, 2017
Sign On: Preventive Health Savings Act
The Preventive Health Savings Act (H.R. 2663/S. 1422) is legislation that would permit leaders in Congress to request that Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimate the long-term health savings that are possible from preventive health initiatives. Congressional leaders would be able to request an analysis of the two 10-year periods beyond the exiting 10-year scoring window, for a total of 30 years.  By allowing the CBO to widen its scoring window and to evaluate the cost-saving potential of prevention programs, the Preventive Health Savings Act will enable the CBO to provide Congress with a more accurate assessment of the long-term budgetary effects of preventive health programs. 

Please review the attached letter and contact Roxanne Yaghoubi to sign on.  Deadline is March 8, 2017
"Legislative Proposals to Improve Health Care Coverage and Provide Lower Costs for Families"  On  March 1, 2017, the  House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a full committee hearing,  "Legislative Proposals to Improve Health Care Coverage and Provide Lower Costs for Families".  One of the proposals discussed includes a Discussion Draft, Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act.
The following link provides additional detail, including links to the proposals and a link to the Live Webcast.
Research, Reports, and Announcements
 500 Cities Project Launches Interactive Mapping App
The 500 Cities Project recently launched its interactive web application.
This public, interactive website allows users to retrieve, view and explore uniformly-defined selected city and census tract-level data for the largest 500 US cities for conditions, behaviors, and risk factors that have a substantial impact on population health. The project represents the first-of-its kind data analysis for the 500 largest American cities, and the census tracts within these cities, to identify, analyze and report data for 27 chronic disease measures including physical activity.

The 500 Cities Project is a partnership between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Population Health in the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, the CDC Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  Learn More

Physical Activity Case Studies  Voices for Healthy Kids and Safe Routes to School National Partnership have released a series of seven case studies on successful campaigns to increase physical activity throughout the nation. These new resources tell the stories of state- and local-level campaign wins for active transportation funding, Safe Routes to School, Complete Streets, shared use, and environmental justice policies. They provide excellent examples of how communities and organizations can advance policies and programs that institutionalize support for walking, biking, physical activity, and healthy communities. Read the case studies here.
National Public Health Week April 3-9, 2017 
During the first full week of April each year, the American Public Health Association (APHA) brings together communities across the U.S. to observe National Public Health Week as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation. Join us in celebrating National Public Health Week 2017 and become part of a growing movement to create the healthiest nation in one generation. Learn More
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