Issue 30 - SEPTEMBER 2017 |
September 12, 2017

Welcome to Issue 30 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
* National Prevention Network Conference
September 12-14, 2017
Anaheim, CA

*Go4Life Exercise Class live on Facebook
September 13, 2017, 9am ET

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

ASTHO Policy Summit, Gala, and Annual Meeting September 19-21, 2017 Washington, DC

* Southern Obesity Summit
October 1-3, 2017
Atlanta, GA

* Workplace Wellness: Walk this Way WEBINAR
October 5, 2017

* SOPHE's 19th Annual Advocacy Summit 
October 21-23, 2017
Washington, DC

*  American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting and Expo 
November 4-8, 2017
Atlanta, GA

* Active Living Research Conference 2018
February 11-14, 2018
Banff, Canada
Activity in the News
The Secret Power of Play Read

The Magic Pill Is Exercise Read

Youth Sports Study: Declining Participation, Rising Costs and Unqualified Coaches Read

How America's Wealth Is Destroying Youth Sports Read

How Sleep Affects Healthy Weight in Kids Read

New jump rope stations are Positively Richmond Read

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

A Bipartisan Bill to Expand HSAs and Get Americans Moving Again  Read

Bringing Exercise Into the Discussion on Mental Health

Your Work Out Habits Could Be Linked To Your Wealth Read

Exercise as a Weight-Loss Strategy Read

Gym Going Seniors Are Benefiting from More Than Just Exercise  Read

Better Hearing, Less Constipation and other Surprising Benefits of Exercise Read

Children's Exercise Inquiry Launched to Boost Activity Read 

Does Physical Activity Affect the Brain's Aging Process? Read

How Income Affects Physical Activity Read

Why a Thriving Brain Needs a Lifetime of Exercise Read

How Exercise Helps People with MS Read

The Best Exercise for Weight Loss, According to Science Read
Policy Update
SHAPE America Is on an Advocacy Mission and Needs Our Help!  Funding that would allow schools to support health and physical education under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), is in jeopardy for FY 2018. Title IV, Part A supports a well-rounded education, safe and healthy students programs, and technology and was authorized at $1.65 billion in ESSA.

Join SHAPE's online Advocacy Day by  signing their Thunderclap , asking Congress to fully fund Title IV, Part A of ESSA before September 14th. Then, ask others in your network to do same. If they get 500 Thunderclap supporters by the 14th, the message will blast across social media!
EEOC Must Revisit Workplace Wellness Programs Rule 
A federal judge sent the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) back to the drawing board on regulations for increasingly popular workplace wellness programs, ruling in part that the agency failed to justify its 30 percent cap on cost inducements for participating workers.  The Judge ruled that it would be too disruptive to discard the rules immediately, but it ordered the EEOC to " address the rules ' failings in a timely manner." The EEOC has 30 days to tell the court its plan for readdressing the ruling. Learn More
Research, Reports, and Announcements
New CDC Data Suggests More Needs To Be Done To Help Americans Be Active and Eat Healthier
CDC recently released its 2016 state- and territory-specific data on adult obesity prevalence using self-reported information from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). The 2016 data maps show that the proportion of adults with obesity in the United States continues to remain high. View the maps here.

BRFSS is the nation's state-based data tracking system that collects self-reported information (through telephone surveys) from adults about their health-related behaviors, chronic health conditions, and use of preventive services. BRFSS collects data in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and select US territories. Learn More
Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Colorectal Cancer
A new report from the Continuous Update Project (CUP) shows diet, staying a healthy weight and physical activity lower risk of colorectal cancer.  Key findings show that  d aily moderate physical activity reduces the risk and  e xcess body fat is one of the strongest factors that  increases risk.  Learn More .
September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month  According to the CDC,  one in three children in the U.S.  is overweight or obese. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
The good news? Childhood obesity is preventable.  National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month provides a chance for all of us to learn more about this serious health condition. While there is no simple solution, there are many ways communities can support children with their journey to good health. Learn More
September is Go4Life Month This year's theme is "Move More with Go4Life!" where older adults are encouraged to work out a bit harder and try all 4 types of recommended exercise: endurance, strength, balance and flexibility. Check out this upbeat video for activity ideas, tips, and tools to help you celebrate Go4Life Month 2017!

Join Go4Life on Wednesday, September 13th at 9am ET for a Go4Lifeexercise class LIVE on Facebook. Follow along with Go4Life strength exercises with the YMCA Fit & Well Seniors, a Go4Lifepartner.

Go4Life® is the National Institute on Aging's health education campaign. Launched in 2011, Go4Life encourages older adults to reap health benefits by making physical activity part of their daily lives. Learn More
Public Health 3.0: A Call to Action for Public Health to Meet the Challenges of the 21st Century  The National Academy of Medicine has released a new discussion paper:  Public Health 3.0: A Call to Action for Public Health to Meet the Challenges of the 21st Century.  Learn More
Want to learn more about NCPPA? Check out "Activity Advocates", a webinar we did with the National Physical Activity Society introducing NCPPA and our work. 
Listen to the webinar here. View the slides 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