Issue 41 - AUGUST 2018 |
August 23, 2018

W elcome to Issue 41 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
In Historic Vote, U.S. House of Representatives Passes the PHIT Act! Read

Kids Need Play and Recess. Their Mental Health May Depend on It Read

Exercise May Be the Best Protection Against Aging that We Have, According to New Research Read

Do the Benefits of Youth Sports Outweigh the Risks? Read

Take a Vacation From Exercise? Your Body May Not Thank You Read

How You Felt About Gym Class May Impact Your Exercise Habits Today Read
W hy Sitting May Be Bad for Your Brain Read

More Money, More Fitness: Why People in the Wealthiest States Get More Exercise Read

Exercise Makes the Aging Heart More Youthful Read

Exercise for Mental Health, How Much Is Too Much Read

Most People Don't Know This: Not Getting Enough Exercise Ups Your Cancer Risk Read

Exercise Cuts Risk of Chronic Disease in Older Adults Read

There's a Simple Way to Make Children More Fit. It's Called the Daily Mile Read
Doctor's Orders: Let Children Just Play Read
Regular Exercise 'Best for Mental Health' Read
Upcoming Events
The Secretary's Advisory Committee for Healthy People 2030
September 6-7, 2018
Washington, DC

President's Council on Fitness Sports & Nutrition Annual Meeting
September 21, 2018
Washington, DC

Fit 2 Celebrate Gala
September 27, 2018
Washington, DC
Nickelodeon 15th annual Worldwide Day of Play Celebration 
September 29, 2018

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

Active Living Research
February 17-20, 2019
Charleston, SC

Safe Routes to School National Conference
November 12-14, 2019
Tampa, Florida
PHIT Passes House For First Time In a huge victory for America's health, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act, which would allow the use of pre-tax savings accounts for physical activity-related expenses. PHIT has been a longtime NCPPA priority and was included in a bipartisan package of Health Savings Account (HSA) reforms that passed in the House by a vote of 277-142. Now, the measure moves to the Senate for further consideration. Learn More
Physical Activity Guidelines Report Language Included
Our physical activity guidelines report language was included in the Senate Labor-HHS Appropriations report. Thank you to all of those who worked to make this possible. 

" Physical Activity.--Regular physical activity plays a critical role in chronic disease prevention, military readiness, academic success, workplace productivity, and lowers healthcare expenditures. The Committee is therefore pleased that the second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans will be released in late 2018. The Committee encourages CDC to promote these Guidelines, once released, which should include consumer education about benefits of physical activity. In addition, the Committee applauds CDC for creating the new initiative, Active People, Healthy Nation and encourages CDC to strengthen its work." Learn More
Research, Reports & Announcements
Annual Meeting President's Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition (PCSFN) T he President's Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition (PCSFN) will hold its annual meeting on September 21, 2018, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Newseum, Knight Conference Center in Washington, DC.  The meeting will be open to the public.
Nickelodeon's 15th Annual Worldwide Day of Play 
On Sept. 29, Nickelodeon will commemorate its 15th annual Worldwide Day of Play celebration when the network will once again suspend programming across Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Nicktoons, TeenNick and NickMusic, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. (ET/PT), in order to encourage kids to go outside and get active. Worldwide Day of Play is part of Nickelodeon's global ongoing health and wellness efforts and continues the network's legacy of promoting positive messages to its viewers. Learn More
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
Association Between Physical Exercise and Mental Health
The Lancet recently released a study on the association between physical exercise and mental health. Exercise is known to be associated with reduced risk of all-cause mortality, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and diabetes, but its association with mental health remains unclear. The study aimed to examine the association between exercise and mental health burden, and to better understand the influence of exercise type, frequency, duration, and intensity. Read
Why Is Finding Funding for Transportation So Hard? For the last 10 years, the biggest debate over a federal transportation bill is not how to spend the money, but where that funding comes from. Check out this blog post from Caron Whitaker of the League of American Bicyclists. Read
New Data on the CDC's DNPAO's Data, Trends, and Maps
Data, Trends, & Maps is DNPAO's interactive database that provides the most recent state-level behavior, environmental, and policy indicators on obesity, nutrition, physical activity, and breastfeeding. The new data includes 3 brand new indicators. 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