Issue 27- JUNE 2017 |
June 7, 2017

Welcome to Issue 27 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
Exercise Coalition Outlines 'Action' Plan for Fitter, Healthier America  Read

The Presidential Heart Attack That Got Americans Running  Read

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

Running Free in Germany's Outdoor Preschools   Read

Healthiest Way to Improve Your Sleep: Exercise Read

M edicare to Cover Supervised Exercise for Heart Disease Read

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

Strong Evidence of the Benefits of Exercise Therapy in Chronic Diseases Read

Why Fitness (Not Just How Much You Exercise) Matters in Cancer Risk  Read

Why Exercise Might Be Our Best Weapon Against Alzheimer's  Read

Study Reveals Meeting Guidelines on TV Time, Physical Activity and Sleep Duration Lower BMI and Body Fat in Children Read

Do We Need More Exercise In Schools? Fidget Spinners Could Be Covering Up Lack of Activity Read

Adults Who Exercise May Gain 9 'Biological' Years Read
Upcoming Events
* 42nd Annual National Wellness Conference 
June 19- 21, 2017
St. Paul, MN

* Healthy People 2030 Development Webinar
June 22, 2017 at 12pm EST

* National Council of La Raza Annual Conference
July 8-11, 2017
Phoenix, AZ

* 2017 NACCHO Annual Conference
July 11-13, 2017
Pittsburgh, PA

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

* PREVCON Childhood Injury Prevention Convention
July 26-29, 2017
Baltimore, MD

* 11th Annual National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing, and Media
August 15-17, 2017
Atlanta, GA

* 30th Annual National Prevention Network Conference
September 12-14, 2017
Annaheim, CA

* 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
On May 18, NCPPA held a briefing Investing in Physical Activity: Creating an Active America Together. Thank you to all those who attended and to our speakers for a great event. Check out an article about the briefing from the Washington Times HERE

At the briefing, we highlighted our calls to action and policy priorities for 2017-2018.
  • $17 million in 2018 appropriations for CDC to implement Active People, Healthy Nation
  • Support the Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act (S.482, H.R. 1267) 
  • Incorporate equitable active transportation (biking, pedestrian, rolling) into any federal infrastructure
  • Maintain funding for the Every Student Succeeds Act
The President's budget places significant cuts to prevention and physical activity. NCPPA will continue advocating for federal investment in physical activity.

Attached please find materials from the briefing
Medicare to Cover Supervised Exercise for Heart Disease
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has determined that the evidence is sufficient to cover supervised exercise therapy (SET) for beneficiaries with intermittent claudication (IC) for the treatment of symptomatic peripheral artery disease (PAD).  Up to 36 sessions over a 12 week period can be covered. Learn More
Personal Health Investment Today Act 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.  Learn More
Research, Reports, and Announcements
Unfit to Serve  CDC's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity in partnership with Mission Readiness is proud to announce the release of a new infographic Unfit to Serve.  This infographic outlines how the obesity epidemic in the U.S. impacts our national security. Read HERE
Bureau of Labor Statistics Report on Sports and Exercise
The American Time Use Survey (ATUS), which is s ponsored by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and conducted by the United States Census Bureau, collects information on how, where, and with whom Americans spend their time, providing data on a full range of activities. The ATUS released a report on the participation in and time spent on sports and exercise activities. Click HERE to read the report.
The Continuous Update Project  A new breast cancer report from the Continuous Update Project (CUP) finds that  vigorous exercise  - such as running or fast  bicycling  decreases the risk of both pre- and post- menopausal breast cancer. 

The Continuous Update Project (CUP) is an ongoing analyses of the global research on how diet, nutrition, physical activity and weight affect cancer risk and survival.
Optimizing Health Readiness of the Force Requires an Effective, Relevant, and Modern Strategy  The Department of Defense (DoD) is currently experiencing a health and well-being problem in the U.S. military whereby the services regularly fall short of reaching or maintaining a desired 90% or better medical readiness threshold which affects overall military readiness. To boost military readiness, the DoD could better integrate service unique health and well-being programs and modernize its institutional health system to be more prevention rather than treatment focused. 

Read this Civilian Research Paper (CRP) from LTC Vic Suarez, US Army War College Fellow at GWU  HERE
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