Issue 34 - JANUARY 2018 |
January 18, 2018

Happy New Year and w elcome to Issue 34 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
Americans' Healthy New Year's Resolutions Would Get Boost from PHIT, Consumer-friendly Legislation that Supports Exercise Read

The Healthy Energetic Principal Read  
The Power of Exercise: It Can Protect Against a Heart Attack, Stroke and Cancer - Even If You're Obese Read

U.S. Navy Loosens Physical Fitness Requirements Read

Can DC Area Regain Its Rank as the No.1 Fittest City in the US? Read

Freshkills Landfill, Once the World's Largest Dump, Being Transformed into Park Read

St. Peter Elementary School Gets Creative to Get Students Moving More Read

Exercise Alters Our Microbiome. Is That One Reason It's So Good for Us Read

Physical Activity Impacts Child Growth Read

The President Is Overweight and Doesn't Exercise Much, Like Most Americans Read
How to Age Well Read

Overweight Kids Don't Have to Be Overweight Adults Read
What I Learned About Resiliency and Life From Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

Physically Fit Recruits for Army Are Hard to Find, Especially in These States Read

Middle-aged Couch Potatoes Can Reverse Heart Damage with Regular Exercise Read

Is Recess Important for Kids or a Waste of Time? Here's What the Research Says Read
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.  
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Upcoming Events
* Active Living Research Conference 2018
February 11-14, 2018
Banff, Canada

February 13-14, 2018
Washington, DC
* 2018 National Health Through Fitness Day
March 6-7, 2018
Washington, DC

* 2018 ASPPH Annual Meeting
March 7-9 2018
Arlington, VA

* 2018 SHAPE America National Convention & Expo
March 20-24, 2018
Nashville, TN

* IHRSA 2018 Convention & Trade Show
March 21-24, 2018
San Diego, CA
* National Public Health Week 2018 
April 2-8, 2018
More Info
* Innovating a Healthy Future Summit Partnership for a Healthier America
May 2-4, 2018
Washington, DC

* Preventive Medicine 2018
May 23-26, 2018
Chicago, IL

* ACSM 65th Annual Meeting, 9th World Congress on Exercise is Medicine
May 29- June 2, 2018
Minneapolis, MN
* 2018 Healthy Aging Summit  
July 16-17, 2018
Washington, DC
Policy Update
EEOC Wellness Regulations Vacated Effective Jan. 1, 2019  
The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has vacated the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC's) wellness rule effective Jan. 1, 2019, instructing the agency that its goal of revising the rule by 2021 is too slow. 
While it remains unclear whether the EEOC will issue its new rule before Jan. 1, 2019, employers should continue to monitor this issue so that they can ensure their future wellness plans comply with federal law.
Update 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans
The 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee held its 5th and final public meeting in Fall 2017. The Committee is now working to compile its scientific review of the evidence into its 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee Scientific Report. Once this is submitted to the Secretary of HHS, it will be available for public comment. The Scientific Report will be then be translated by the federal government into the next edition of the Guidelines. Learn More
Sign On in Support of Herschel Walker The Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) and The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) are circulating this sign-on letter in support of NFL legend and long-time physical activity advocate Herschel Walker as the next Chairman of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.  Over the years, Herschel has worked tirelessly to promote healthy, active lifestyles.  In fact, for the past 20 years, he has come to DC to participate in the National Health Through Fitness Day to meet with members of Congress to advocate for an active America.  Please contact Monte Ward to sign on. The deadline is tomorrow January 19.
Research, Reports, and Announcements
Physically Fit Army Recruits Are Hard to Find, Especially in the South (Study Citadel) The Army's problem of finding physically fit recruits at a time of rising obesity in the United States is especially acute in the South - where it traditionally draws a high percentage of soldiers. Army recruits from Southern states are generally in poorer physical condition than those from other parts of the country, concluded researchers at The Citadel, a military college in South Carolina. Learn More Link to the Research
Take the #Jump4More Health & PE Challenge
On Speak Out Day, February 14, 2018, health and physical education advocates will meet face-to-face with their members of Congress to ask for more Title IV, Part A federal funding under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). These funds can support a well-rounded education, specifically health and PE in schools.

The American Heart Association and SHAPE America invite students to speak out too by taking part in a fun social media video challenge! Help Congressional representatives hear directly from them on why HPE are so important!

Get the word out by sharing on social media #Jump4More. Learn More  * Sample #Jump4More Video
February Is National Cancer Prevention Month
The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) estimates that almost half of the most common cancers in the U.S. could be prevented if Americans lived healthier lifestyles. This includes moving more, weighing less, eating more healthfully, abstaining from smoking and avoiding sun damage.

AICR is launching a multimedia awareness campaign, "Cancer Prevention: Together We Can", throughout the month of February to show Americans how they and their families can lower cancer risk. By signing on and agreeing to share this vital message your can help it reach millions more Americans than it has before. Learn More
Middle-aged Couch Potatoes May Reverse Heart Effects of a Sedentary Life with Exercise Training (Study) 
According to a new study in the American Heart Association's journal Circulation, middle-aged couch potatoes may reduce or reverse the risk of heart failure associated with years of sitting if they participate in two years of regular aerobic exercise training. Learn More
Physical Activity Key to Keeping Weight Off (Study NIH)
A careful metabolic analysis of contestants in "The Biggest Loser" competition found increased physical activity to be key to keeping weight off. The results support previous findings that a high level of physical activity is crucial for the long-term maintenance of lost weight. Learn More
New Healthy Communities Policy Guide Just Released
The American Planning Association (APA) Healthy Communities Policy Guide identifies policy ideas for local, state, and federally elected officials aimed at improving community health and quality of living through planning.  
Share this action-oriented guide with policymakers representing your community. Planning for health requires government at all levels to address determinants of chronic disease early by integrating health considerations in planning. . Learn More
Youth Compendium of Physical Activity The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) has launched online the Youth Compendium of Physical Activities to help childhood obesity and physical activity researchers and practitioners estimate the associated energy expenditure of a variety of activities in which youth participate. The Youth Compendium of Physical Activities provides a list of 196 common activities in which youth participate and the estimated energy cost associated with each activity. 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
Coalition Manager