Issue 28- JULY 2017 |
July 12, 2017

Welcome to Issue 28 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.
Upcoming Events
* 2017 NACCHO Annual Conference
July 11-13, 2017
Pittsburgh, PA

* Campaign to End Obesity   Congressional Workshop Series: How Can Congress Move the Needle on Obesity? 
July 14, 2017
Washington, DC

* National Council of Youth Sports Youth Sports Expo 
July 18, 2017   11am - 1pm
Washington, DC

* Physical Activity Guidelines
 Committee Meeting 4 
July 19-21, 2017

* 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
Activity in the News
Want to Fix Military Fitness? Start With a Four-Letter Word Read

How About This Health Care Act That Both Democrats And Republicans Support Read

One Third of the World Is Now Obese or Overweight Read

Obesity, Inactivity Could Outpace Smoking in Cancer Death Risk Read

Losing Fat, Gaining Brain Power, on the Playground  Read 

Teenagers Are as Sedentary as 60-Year-Olds by Age 19 Read

Exercise In Early Life Has Long-Lasting Benefits  Read

How Step Count Data Can Predict Obesity 

For Exercise, Nothing Like the Great Outdoors Read

A Favorite Subject Returns to Schools: Recess Read

More Than 2 Billion Are Overweight or Obese Globally  Read

How Can Exercise Improve Body Image? Read

Teens Get as Much Physical Activity as 60-Year-Olds Read

15 Ways to Help Prevent Drownings This Summer Read

More Than 10 Percent of World's Population Is Obese, Study Finds Read

What Type of Exercise Is Best for the Brain? Read

Better Sex Is Just One Reason that Exercise Can Be So Good For You  Read
Policy Update
USPSTF  Publishes Final Recommendation Statement
The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) published its final recommendation statement for Behavioral Counseling to Promote a Healthful Diet and Physical Activity for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Adults Without Cardiovascular Risk Factors.

View the Recommendation Summary.
Read the Recommendation Statement.
Read the Evidence Report.
PHIT ACT Letter to Champions  The PHIT Coalition is circulating the attached letter . If your organization is interested in signing on, please contact Bill Sells.

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
Sign On to Support Recently Nominated Surgeon General
ACSM is circulating the attached letter in support of recently nominated Dr. Jerome Adams to be the next U.S. Surgeon General.  Dr. Adams is currently serving as the Indiana State Health Commissioner and has been very involved in prevention issues in Indiana.  Dr. Adams would be a great asset as the next U.S. Surgeon General. Click
here for his bio.  If your organization is interested in signing on, please contact Monte Ward . The deadline is July 21.
Sign On to Support the Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration (CORD) Program  The Campaign to End Obesity is circulating the attached sign-on letter in support of CORD, a program designed to test and apply the most promising obesity prevention and management strategies to benefit the millions of children eligible for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).  Read the letter here . If your organization is interested in signing on, please contact  Chris Fox. The deadline to sign on is July 14.
Medicare to Cover Supervised Exercise for Peripheral Artery 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 can be covered. Learn More
Research, Reports, and Announcements
Physical Activity Guidelines Committee Meeting #4
The 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee will convene its fourth public meeting July 19-21, 2017. Register to attend via webcast here.
NIH-funded Team Uses Smartphone Data in Global Study of Physical Activity   Large-scale study reveals targets for obesity prevention, wisdom of walkable communities. 
Learn More
The map show the most and least active countries
July 16-22 is National Youth Sports Week  
During National Youth Sports Week we celebrate youth sports participation and all of the benefits youth derive from engaging in sports. Youth sports plays an important role as the conduit through which children learn important life lessons, values, compassion, and good ethics, and it is that relationship between sports skills and life skills that provides our young athletes with the fundamentals they need to succeed both on and off the playing field.

National Council of Youth Sports invites you to attend the NCYS Youth Sports Expo on 
Tuesday, July 18 from 11am - 1:00 pm in Rayburn House Office Building Foyer Washington, DC. Learn More
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 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.
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Ayanna McKnight