Issue 39 - JUNE 2018 |
June 29, 2018

W elcome to Issue 39 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
Just 23% of US Adults Get Enough Exercise Read

Motivation to Exercise: How Obese Teenagers View Physical Activity Read

Here's How Much Exercise You Need to Give Your Brain a Boost Read

Midlife Fitness May Protect Against Later Depression Read

Being Fit in Middle Age May Protect Against Depression Read

Fitness Trackers for Kids: Should You Make Your Child Wear One? Read
New WHO Global Plan for Physical Activity Holds Potential to Protect Millions from NCDs Read
Upcoming Events
NRPA Summer Camp on Capitol Hil
June 29, 2018
Washington, DC
Igniting Change: Inclusive Health Summit  
June 30, 2018
Seattle, WA

2018 Healthy Aging Summit  
July 16-17, 2018
Washington, DC
National Youth Sports Week Congressional Expo
July 17, 2018
Washington, DC

HERO Forum 2018
October 2-4, 2018
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Project Play Summit
October 16, 2018
Washington, DC
APHA Annual Meeting
November 10-14, 2018
San Diego, CA
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
Today June 29 - NRPA Summer Camp on Capitol Hill 
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Garfield Park, First St SE & F St SE, Washington, DC 20003
(3 blocks south of Capitol South metro- look for NRPA signs)

NRPA is inviting you to experience what a typical child experiences in a summer camp or out-of-school time program offered by local parks and recreation. You'll see firsthand how federal funding is critical to fostering healthier youth through out-of-school time (and have a blast while doing it!). This event is a kick-off to July - the nation's official Park and Recreation Month. Learn More
PHIT Act The Personal Health Investment Today Act (PHIT) continues to achieve an unprecedented level of bipartisan support with 150 cosponsors: 134 in the House and 16 in the Senate. The PHIT Act (H.R.1218 & S.2218) 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
Research & Announcements
Global Action Plan on Physical Activity The World Health Organization (WHO) recently launched its  WHO Global Action Plan on Physical Activity and Health 2018-2030: More Active People for a Healthier World. The action plan shows how countries can reduce physical inactivity in adults and teens by 15% by 2030. It recommends a set of 20 policy areas, which combined, aim to create more active societies through improving the environments and opportunities to be more active. Learn More
Making Strides: State Report Cards on Support for Walking, Bicycling, and Active Kids and Communities
Safe Routes to School National Partnership (SRTS) recently released state report cards which provide a snapshot of how supportive each state is of walking, bicycling, and physical activity for children and adults as of 2018.  The report cards primarily look at state policy, focusing on four key areas: Complete Streets and Active Transportation, Safe Routes to School and Active Transportation Funding, Active Neighborhoods and Schools, and State Physical Activity Planning and Support. Learn More
Draft Research Plan: Diet and Physical Activity Counseling for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Adults with Cardiovascular Risk Factors The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft research plan on diet and physical activity counseling for cardiovascular disease prevention in adults with cardiovascular risk factors. The draft research plan is available for review and public comment from June 14, 2018 through July 11, 2018. 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