Issue 45 - JANUARY 2019|
January 17, 2019

Happy New Year and w elcome to Issue 45 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
Active Living Research
February 17-20, 2019
Charleston, SC

SHAPE America SPEAK Out! Day 
March 5-6, 2019
Washington, DC

20th Annual National Bike Summit
March 9-12, 2019
Washington, DC

National Health Through Fitness Day 2019
March 12-13, 2019
Washington, DC

IHRSA International Convention & Trade Show
March 13-16, 2019
San Diego, CA

ACSM International Health & Fitness Summit
March 21-24, 2019
Chicago, IL

SOPHE 2019 Annual Conference
March 26-29, 2019
Salt Lake City, UT

61st RRCA National Convention
March 28-31, 2019
New Orleans, Louisiana 

PHA Summit 2019
April 1-2, 2019
Chicago, IL
More Info

NNPHI Annual Conference
May 20-22, 2019
Washington, DC

Prevention 2019
May 20-23, 2019
Pittsburg, PA
August 26-29, 2019
Philadelphia, PA
CEO Pledge
The CEO Pledge for Physical Activity is our national campaign to encourage business leaders to recognize physical activity as an important driver of business performance. Learn More
Activity in the News
Just Minutes Of Physical Activity Count Towards Better Health Read
Why We Pay Our Employees To Exercise At Work Read
How to stick to your fitness New Year's resolution Read

Is Aerobic Exercise the Key to Successful Aging? Read
Physical Education Is Key to Longer, Happier Lives. Our Kids and Schools Need More of It Read

Stair test may predict your risk of dying of heart disease, cancer, study finds Read

How Exercise May Make Us Healthier Read
Diet and Exercise Might Reverse Aging in the Brain Read

How to Make Exercise a Regular Part of Your Life Read

Exercise May Improve Thinking in Sedentary Seniors with Cognitive Decline Read

Children Move Less Starting at Age 6 Read

Exercise Wins: Fit Seniors Can Have Hearts That Look 30 Years Younger Read

What We Know About Diet and Weight Loss Read

New Physical Activity Guidelines For Americans: This Is What You Need To Do Read

US Adults Aren't Getting Taller, but Still Putting on Pounds Read

Hawaii Named Healthiest State, Louisiana Ranks Last Read

University of Iowa Touting 'Exercise Is Medicine' Read

How to Get the Most Out of Cardio for Weight Loss Read
2018 A Year In Review 
2018 was a big year for physical activity, many milestones reached, achievements made, and wins recorded. We look forward to more success in 2019.

See below for a highlights from 2018.
Physical Activity Takes Center Stage at Capitol Hill Briefing as Critical Component for a Stronger America Read
CDC Released Active People Healthy Nation Active People Healthy Nation: Creating an Active America, Together was released online in the July issue of the Journal of Physical Activity and Health. Read and Check out Resources
Omnibus Spending Bill Is a Win for Physical Activity!
In spring 2019, Congress passed its Omnibus Spending Bill which was a big win for physical activity. It included $54.9 million funding for CDC Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity (DNPAO); $1.1 billion funding for Title IV Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), where Physical Education is a priority; $50.95 million to restore funding for REACH; and an $8 Billion increase for Transportation.
PHIT Act Passes House for the 1st Time by Vote of 277-142 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. Read
Every Kids Outdoors Act Passes House with Vote of 383-2
The Every Kid Outdoors Act passed the House with overwhelming bipartisan support. The Every Kid Outdoors Act would provide 4th graders & their families free entrance to all federally managed land, waters, & historic sites, including our national parks. Read
Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act Passed into Law 
The Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act was passed into law on October 5, 2018.
This bipartisan legislation clarifies health services that sports medicine professionals can provide to an athlete, athletic team, or staff member. Thank you and congratulations to the National Athletic Trainers' Association for leading that effort. Read
HHS Releases Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans
On November 12, 2018 the US Department of Health and Human Services released the 2nd Edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. The Guidelines serve as the primary, authoritative voice of the federal government for evidence-based guidance on physical activity, fitness, and health for Americans. Read
Standing-Room-Only Congressional Briefing Kicks Off Push for Public Policies in Support of an Active America Read
MOVE YOUR WAY Campaign Introduced Move Your Way is the promotional campaign released to help promote and communicate the Physical Activity Guidelines. Check out the Move Your Way website for easy-to-understand resources including fact sheets, videos, posters, interactive tools, web badges and widgets.
WHO Global Action Plan on Physical Activity Released The World Health Organization released its global action plan on physical activity to help countries scale up policy actions to promote physical activity. It responds to the requests by countries for updated guidance, and a framework of effective and feasible policy actions to increase physical activity at all levels. Read
President's Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition Announces New Members Herschel Walker and Mariano Rivera were announced as co-chairs to the Council. Read
Report Card on Physical Activity in Youth & Children Released The 2018 United States Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth released at a Capitol Hill event by the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance, SHAPE America and the American Council on Exercise. Read
Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Cancer Report The American Institute for Cancer Research released its report, Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Cancer: A Global Perspective. Read
State of Obesity 2018 Report The Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released the State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America report which highlights the latest obesity trends as well as strategies, policies, programs, and practices that can reverse the epidemic. Read
Annual American Fitness Index Report Released The American College of Sports Medicine recently released its 11th Annual American Fitness Index report crowning Arlington, VA the 2018 Fittest City in America. Rankings took into account data on fitness, nutrition, chronic disease, smoking, mental health, access to parks and public transportation. Read
Making Strides: State Report Cards on Support for Walking, Bicycling, and Active Kids and Communities
Safe Routes to School National Partnership 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. Read
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