Issue 25- April 2017 |
April 13, 2017

Welcome to Issue 25 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
Here's How Congress Can Get People to Live Healthy Lifestyles Read

The Unfit President Read

A New Bill Would Allow Employers to Se e Your Genetic Information - Unless You Pay a Fine  Here

Adolescents With Frequent PE More Informed About Physical Activity's Role in Health Read

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

Why Exercise May Be More Important than Body Fat Read

The Best Exercise for Aging Muscles  Read  

Will Technology Replace Good, Old-Fashioned Exercise? Read

Pop a Pill for Heartburn? Try Diet & Exercise Instead Read

Exercising While Pregnant Is Almost Always A Good Idea Read

Kids Start Moving Less After Age 7, Study Finds Read

Exercise Changes the Way Our Bodies Work at a Molecular Level  Read

How Much Exercise Do I Really Need Read

Exercise Levels Decline 'Long Before Adolescence' Read

Why Zumba Is Insanely Good Exercise Read

Is Yoga An Exercise? Studies Say 'Yes' Read

Vibration Exercise Is Your New Favorite Workout Read

Should Exercise Be Compulsory at Work Read

Tackling Childhood Obesity Using Structured Play Times Read

Arthritis Limits Daily Activities of 24 Million U.S. Adults Read

Walk, Stretch or Dance? Dancing May Be Best for the Brain Read

Physical Activity Vital for Bone Strength in Adolescence Read

Why Spring Is the Perfect Time to Take Your Workout Outdoors Read
Upcoming Events
* 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

* 9th Biennial Childhood Obesity Conference
May 30- June 2, 2017
San Diego, CA

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

* INSPIRED35 IDEA World Convention
July 19-23, 2018
Las Vegas, NV

* 2017 Project Play Summit
September 6-7, 2017
Washington, DC

* National Walking Summit
September 13-15, 2017
St Paul, MN

* 2017 APHA Annual Meeting and Expo
November 4-8, 2017
Atlanta, GA
Policy Update
18th Annual National Health Through Fitness Day
National Health Through Fitness Day (NHTF) is the culmination of a year-round effort by the SFIA and its many sponsors and volunteers to pass major U.S. legislation to "Get America Moving." This year a broad coalition of supporters, including celebrity athletes ranging from NFL pros to Olympians, held 100 meetings with more than 120 U.S. Senators and Representatives to discuss the importance of the PHIT Act. PHIT picked up 11 new House co-sponsors and 2 Senate co-sponsors with additional commitments to sign-on.  
The PHIT Act, if passed, would change current Federal tax law to allow consumers to use pre-tax medical accounts to pay for expenses related to sports, fitness and other qualified physical activities. Learn more about PHIT 
here .
President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition Sign-On
Attached is a copy of the sign-on letter that was sent to President Trump in support of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.  Read the letter.
Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act H.R. 1313
An employer's ability to collect and use the health information of their employees is regulated by several pieces of federal law including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). The ADA and GINA prevent employers from asking employees to disclose some types of highly sensitive health information such as genetic predispositions to disease - unless the information is related to a person's ability to do their job and it is voluntary.

The Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act (H.R. 1313) is legislation introduced in Congress that would repeal these protections by allowing employers to ask employees invasive questions about their health and their families' health, including genetic tests, or pay a significant penalty -- up to 30 percent of the total cost of the health insurance plan.
NCPPA has significant concerns about the bill and its potential impact on workplace health promotion. The Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO) plans to work on consensus guidance on genetic testing to educate employers and vendors. 
Please contact for more information.
Research, Reports, and Announcements
Status Report for Step It Up!
On Wednesday, April 5, in honor of National Walking Day, CDC's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity released Status Report for Step It Up! The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities. The Status Report summarizes the state of walking and walkability when the Call to Action was released, as well as selected activities done since the release to sustain the messages and promote the goals established by the Surgeon General.  Read the report. 
2018 Physical Activity Guidelines
The 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee recently held its third public meeting to examine the latest scientific evidence on the relationship between physical activity and health. 

In case you missed the meeting, view the webcast recording, meeting summary and presentation slides here.

If you'd like to share your views with the Committee regarding physical activity and health, please consider submitting comments. Submit and read comments here.
Bridging Health Equity Across Communities 
April is National Minority Health Month- a time to raise awareness on issues impacting health disparities and health equity in America. The theme for 2017, Bridging Health Equity Across Communities, emphasizes the collaborative, community-level work being done across the nation to help achieve health equity.  Join the HHS Office of Minority Health in raising awareness about efforts across health, education, justice, housing, transportation and employment sectors to address the factors known as the social determinants of health - environmental, social and economic conditions that impact health.  Learn More
National Park Week
The National Park Service (NPS) is once again partnering with the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America's national parks, to present National Park Week from April 15 to 23, 2017.   NPS will waive entrance fees to national parks on April  15-16 and again on April 22-23.

The U.S. is home to more than 400 national parks, monuments, recreation areas and historic sites to choose from. Get outside and #FindYourPark! Learn More 
April Is Stress Awareness Month 
Stress happens. Sometimes it's unavoidable, at times it's unbearable. That's why taking time for yourself is invaluable. Stress Awareness Month is a great opportunity to make your community more aware of the different types of stress; how stress might be affecting health, relationships, and work life -- and what steps can be taken to manage it. 

Check out the links below to learn more about stress.
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