Issue 48 - MAY 2019|
May 9, 2019

W elcome to Issue 48 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
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

Speak for Health Advocacy Bootcamp 
July 15-16, 2019
Washington, DC

National Youth Sports Week
July 15-21, 2019
Washington, DC
Childhood Injury Prevention Convention
July 17-20, 2019
Washington, DC
More Info

August 26-29, 2019
Philadelphia, PA

APHA Annual Meeting
November 2-6, 2019
Philadelphia, PA
Activity in the News
10 Years After an Exercise Study, Benefits Persist Read

How Exercise Affects Our Memory Read

Why Does Exercise Guard Against Cancer? Inflammation May Play a Role Read

Even a little Exercise Can Mean Big Improvements in Your Health Read

Exercise, Sleep, Screens: New Guidelines for Children Under 5 Read

PHIT Act Gets New Life Read
Is Dancing the Kale of Exercise? Read

The Best Exercises for Your 50s, 60s, 70s-and Beyond Read

Fitter People Have Greatly Reduced Chance Of Developing Lung And Colorectal Cancers, Says New Study 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 The PHIT Act has been reintroduced in both the House (H.R. 1679) and Senate (S.680). 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.

PHIT remains bipartisan with 40 cosponsors joining lead sponsors- Senators John Thune (R-SD) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Congressmen Ron Kind (D-WI) and Mike Kelly (R-PA). The PHIT Act passed the House in July 2018 but failed to receive a vote in the Senate before they adjourned for the year. Learn More

The PHIT Coalition is preparing to host a Fly-In on May 22. Please contact Jay Sweeney if you or your organization is interested in participating.
S.1098 - Transportation Alternatives Enhancements Act Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) introduced the S.1098, the Transportation Alternatives Enhancements Act to help communities build better bicycling and walking infrastructure, like trails, pedestrian and bike bridges, and other projects that connect people with where they want to go. The bill makes several improvements to the existing Transportation Alternatives (TA) program, which accounts for almost half of all federal funding for bicycling and walking infrastructure, by making TAP funding more available and easier for local governments to access meaning better biking and walking infrastructure for all. Learn More
CDC Appropriations - DNPAO 
Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity -The Committee includes an increase of $2,000,000 to expand efforts to protect the health of individuals at every stage of life by encouraging regular physical activity, good nutrition, and preventing adult and childhood obesity.  See pages 61 & 65 of the bill report here .

While the $2million is an ok start, our ask was for a much larger amount. If you recall, earlier this year, we sent a sign on letter to Hill asking for $125 million which included $15 million in continued support for the High Obesity Program initiative.
Announcements, Blogs, Research and Reports
May Is a Time to Celebrate May is a busy month in terms of health observances.  Let's use this month to raise awareness about the benefits of physical activity - and spread the word about fun ways to get moving! 

National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
Mental Health Awareness Month
National Stroke Awareness Month
Global Employee Health & Fitness Month
National Physical Education and Sport Week
Healthy Safe Swimming Week
National Women's Health Week
Children's Mental Health Awareness Week
Bike to School Day
National Senior Health and Fitness Day
How Much Time Do Americans Spend Sitting? New research released last month in JAMA shows that Americans spend more time sitting. Total time spent sitting increased about an hour per day to 8.2 hours for adolescents and 6.4 hours for adults in 2007-2016 in this analysis of nationally representative survey data. 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