Issue 47- MARCH 2019|
March 21, 2019

W elcome to Issue 47 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
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

National Public Health Week
April 1-7, 2019

NATA 2019 Capitol Hill Day
April 3, 2019
Washington, DC

AICR Research Conference
May 15 - 17, 2019
Chapel Hill, NC
NNPHI Annual Conference
May 20-22, 2019
Washington, DC

Prevention 2019
May 20-23, 2019
Pittsburg, PA
August 26-29, 2019
Philadelphia, PA
Activity in the News
PHIT Act Gets New Life Read
Better Late Than Never: Exercising Helps You Live Longer No Matter When You Start Read
Why Lifting Weights Can Be So Potent for Aging Well Read
Can Exercise Reverse the Aging Process Read

Doing Physical and Mental Exercise When You're Younger May Help Ward Off Dementia Read

How Breast Size Affects How Women Exercise Read

Physical Activity 'Prescription' Key for Cardiologists Read

Keep that Exercise Resolution Before You Lose the Willpower Read

The Fear of Colorectal Cancer as a Springboard for Change Read

Fitness Has A Diversity Problem. Can Apps Democratize The Sector? Read

Physical Fitness Associated with Improved Quality of Life for Women with Lupus Read

Started Running Later in Life? Here's How Your Body Benefits Read  

Powerful Influencers: Employers and America's Health Read
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
PHIT Act Reintroduced On Wednesday, March 6, PHIT Act lead sponsors, Sen. John Thune (R-SD) and Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), reintroduced PHIT in the Senate (S.680); and on Tuesday, March 12, PHIT lead sponsors, Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI) and Congressman Mike Kelly (R-PA) reintroduced the bill in the House (H.R. 1679). 

The Personal Health Investment Today Act (PHIT) would allow Americans to use pre-tax medical accounts to cover all physical activity-related expenses, such as youth league registration fees, gym memberships,  race entry fees, and equipment expenses exclusively intended for the sole purpose of being physically active. Learn More
Letter to Senator Alexander Earlier this month, NCPPA submitted comments in response to Senate HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander's request for information on ways to lower health care costs. 
Read our letter HERE.
Permanent Reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund Last week, the president signed a  S.47, a public lands package which included permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). It also included the Every Kid Outdoors Act. We are now counting on congressional leaders to dedicate full funding to protect the program.

Learn More about LWCF
Learn More about Every Kid Outdoors
Announcements, Blogs, Research and Reports
National Youth Sports Strategy The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) issued a Federal Register Notice for written comments to inform the development of the National Youth Sports Strategy. Deadline to submit comments is 11:59 PM ET on April 1. Submit a comment to HHS by emailing

Public Listening Session HHS will host a public listening session in Washington, DC on Thursday, April 4, 2019 to help inform the development of a National Strategy on Youth Sports. Participants can attend in-person or by webcast; advanced registration is required. Register
Updating the WHO Global Recommendations on Physical Activity in Youth, Adults and Older Adults Apply to be part of the World Health Organization's Guideline Development Group that will assist the WHO in updating the global recommendations on the health benefits of physical activity in youth, adults and older adults (last updated in 2010). Deadline to apply is March 29. Learn More
Complete the 2019 Safe Routes to School Program Census Survey Safe Routes to School National Partnership (SRTS) is asking every Safe Routes to School program to complete a survey to share information about their program. The purpose of this survey is to identify as many SRTS programs as possible in the United States (and beyond!). By compiling this information, SRTS will develop a better understanding of Safe Routes programs, identify areas that need additional support, and provide better resources and information related to Safe Routes to School. Learn More 
National Public Health Week is April 1-7, 2019 This year's theme is "Creating the Healthiest Nation: For science. For action. For health." Each day of NPHW 2019 will focus on a public health topic. We hope you'll use these topics to spark conversations and engage new stakeholders in your community. Learn More
Become a School Physical Activity Leader If you have any K-12 physical education teachers in your network, please pass this along to them. Active Schools invites practicing K-12 PE teachers to complete this 13 minute, anonymous SURVEY of Physical Education Teachers' Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors Related to Serving as a School Physical Activity Leader (PAL) by TODAY March 21. Your participation will contribute to a broad representation of PE teachers. Thank you in advance!
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