Issue 26- MAY 2017 |
May 15, 2017

Welcome to Issue 26 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
It's No Time to Relax: Food, Physical Activity Policies Critical to Keep Up Progress on Childhood Obesity Read

Exercise Is Fundamental to Good Health. So Why Do Few Americans Stick with It? Read

Prevention Efforts Can Ward Off Many Chronic & Expensive Conditions. So Why Aren't We Investing in Them? Read

Regular PE Builds More Than Fitness Read

An Hour of Running May Add Seven Hours to Your Life Read

Here's How Much Children's Physical Inactivity Is Costing You  Read

Most American Kids Aren't Getting Enough Physical Activity, that Could Wind Up Costing the US Billions  Read

It's No Accident Some Cities Have Higher Well-Being-It's Because They Discourage Driving  Read

Combined Built Environment Features Help Communities Get Active Read

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

Moderate, High-Intensity Exercise Programs Show Similar Results Read

Effect of Physical Activity Intensity on Psychological Well-Being Read

How to Get Moving With (or Without) Diabetes Read

Active Video Gaming Is Good for Brain Health and Memory, finds study Read

'Powwow Sweat' Promotes Fitness Through Traditional Dance Read

Active Teens Build Strong Bones for Life Read

Science: Running Is Better Than Every Other Exercise at Making You Live Longer Read

Physical Inactivity Linked to Loss of Independence Read

Why Are 50 Kids Every Hour sent to the ER? Read
Upcoming Events
* NATA 2017 Capitol Hill Day
May 16, 2017 
Washington, DC

Preventive Medicine 2017, the Annual meeting of the American College of Preventive Medicine
May 23- 26, 2017
Portland, OR

* 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

American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting and Expo 
November 4-8, 2017
Atlanta, GA
Policy Update
The National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity invites you to attend a congressional briefing: 

Investing in Physical Activity
Creating an Active America Together
When: Thursday, May 18, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Where: 1310 Longworth House Office Building

Please share this invitation with any interested parties and RSVP to Ayanna McKnight at

#PassPHIT Thunderclap - May 19th
IHRSA created a Thunderclap  for #PassPHIT, to bring more attention to the benefits of Personal Health Investment Today Act and more engagement in asking Congress to support PHIT. 

Make Exercise and #YouthSports More Affordable AND Make America More Active and Healthy! #PassPHIT
1. Sign up for the Thunderclap  here.   By signing up for the Thunderclap, you enroll your social media account to post a pre-written message supporting #PassPHIT, broadcast on  May 19th  with everyone else who signs up.

2. Ask your network to sign up for the Thunderclap. 
Please  participate and promote to your networks.  With your support, we are hoping that this #PassPHIT message will reach thousands of people across social media.
The 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.    Learn More
Prevention and Public Health Fund
In March, Trust for America's Health (TFAH) organized a sign-on letter to the President with over 500 organizations supporting the Prevention and Public Health Fund. In light of passage of the American Health Care Act in the House, TFAH is planning to send virtually the same letter to the Senate.  If your organization did not previously sign on, but would like to now, please fill out this form.  

TFAH is also collecting links to organizational letters and statements in opposition to the American Health Care Act. If you would like to also share your organization's letter/statement please send here.  Learn More
U.S. Senate Re-Introduces Legislation to Protect Athletes and the Medical Professionals Who Provide Their Care
The Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act (S. 808), has been re-introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senators John Thune (R-SD) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). The House version of the bill, H.R. 302, passed in the U.S. House of Representatives on January 9 of this year. 

The legislation, which would protect athletic trainers and other sports medicine professionals who travel out of state with an athletic team to provide care, ultimately ensures that the medical care of athletes is not jeopardized. The bill was first introduced in Congress in 2015. If it passes in the Senate, it will go to the president's desk for final signature to make it a law.  Learn More
Research, Reports, and Announcements
May Is National Physical Fitness & Sports Month
National Physical Fitness and Sports Month is a great time to  raise awareness of the importance of active living. 

That's why, NCPPA is  supporting the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition in challenging Americans to get active and get fit, throughout the month of May - and, of course, for the rest of their lives.  Together, we can rise to the challenge and get more active!  Learn More
Task Force Recommends Built Environment and Transportation System Interventions to Increase Physical Activity  The Community Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) has issued a new recommendation to increase physical activity through built environment approaches that combine transportation system interventions with land use and environmental design The recommendation is based on evidence from a systematic review of 90 studies. These studies used diverse designs, assessed and compared different combinations of interventions or existing built environment characteristics, and evaluated longitudinal changes or cross-sectional differences for a wide range of physical activity outcomes.  Learn More
Vision Zero and Safe Routes to School: Partners in Safety
This report h ighlights the potential benefits from closer alignment between Safe Routes to School and Vision Zero, explains how to get involved, and offers examples of what Safe Routes to School advocates can push for in Vision Zero action plans that would improve safety for children.

 Read the ReportView the  Infographic .
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