Issue 49 - JUNE 2019|
June 26, 2019

W elcome to Issue 49 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
Speak for Health Advocacy Bootcamp 
July 15-16, 2019
Washington, DC

National Youth Sports Week
July 15-21, 2019
Washington, DC

National Youth Sports Week Capitol Hill Celebration Congressional Briefing 
July 16, 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

2019 Safe Routes to School National Conference
November 12-14, 2019
Tampa, FL
Activity in the News
Physical Inactivity Is Hurting America: Here Is How We Can Get People Moving Again Read

Left and Right Unite Around a Common Enemy: the Burpee Read 

Exercise, Powerful and Overlooked Read

This Is the Age Kids Lose the Desire to Exercise, According to Science Read

Can Americans Hack Their Way Out of an Aversion to Exercise Read

How Much Nature Is Enough? 120 Minutes a Week Doctors Say   Read

Sitting Is Bad for Your Health, But Not All Types of Sitting Were Created Equal Read

Children's Safety on Wheels Read

Even One Extra Walk a Day May Make a Big Difference Read

How Exercise Affects Our Memory Read

Why Every Bit of Movement Helps Your Health-Even If It's Not an Actual Workout Read

Knives, Dogs and Pepper Spray: What Women Use to Feel Safe While Running Outside  Read

Playing For Fun, Not To Win, Key To Get Young Children Into Sports For Life Read

Is Sitting Down at Work All Day Slowly Killing Us? Read

Moving More and Sitting Less Is Good for the Mind as Well as the Body 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  Earlier this year, the PHIT Act was 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.  PHIT remains bipartisan with 76 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).  Learn More
S.1098 - Transportation Alternatives Enhancements Act Earlier this year, 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. Learn More
Announcements, Blogs, Reports and Research
What Do We Need? Communications, Collaboration, and Impact! Read
OASH Announces Intent to Reinstate the President's Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition Science Board Read
Active Schools Releases New Report- The Movement Gap: Surveying Physical Learning in U.S. Schools  In two nationally representative surveys of parents and principals on physical education and physical activity in schools across the United States, our partners at Active Schools aimed to gain a better understanding of the ways in which schools are, or are not, promoting childhood health and well-being. The report shows while nearly everyone agrees on the importance of physical activity in school, few are actively making it a priority.  Learn More Read the Report
Coming Soon: Opportunity to Provide Input on the Draft National Youth Sports Strategy  A draft of the National Youth Sports Strategy will soon be available to review and provide public comment.
Once the draft is made available, public comments will be accepted for approximately 2 weeks. More Info
Dangerous By Design 2019 Earlier this year, Smart Growth America released Dangerous by Design 2019, which rang the alarm about the rise of pedestrian fatalities across the country due to our collective failure to design streets that are safe for everyone who uses them. They've now  taken Dangerous by Design a step further with new state reports, produced in collaboration with AARP, that go beyond the 100 largest cities to provide more granular data for each of the 50 states and Washington, DC. Read
Step It Up! Prioritization of Community Supports for Walking Among US Adults The American Journal of Health Promotion just released a new publication from authors in CDC's Physical Activity and Health Branch titled " Step It Up! Prioritization of Community Supports for Walking Among US Adults." This article looks at US adults' perceived presence and prioritization of four community supports for walking including: access to walkable locations, safe streets, walking groups, and promotional campaigns. Read
How to Improve Physical Activity and Health for All Children and Families Read
Mobile Phone App Designed to Boost Physical Activity in Women Shows Promise Read
Developmental Relations Between Motivation Types and Physical Activity in Elementary School Children Read
Trends in Meeting Physical Activity Guidelines Among Urban and Rural Dwelling Adults.   In its latest Morbidity and Mortality and Weekly Report, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that the prevalence for physical activity remains low, especially for some rural subgroups with high incidences of chronic diseases.  The report recommends incorporating culturally appropriate strategies into local, evidence-based programs might help communities build on recent progress. Read
Consensus Paper on Mental Health in Elite Athletes The NCAA Sport Science Institute is pleased to announce a groundbreaking consensus paper on mental health from the International Olympic Committee and Scientific Commission. The paper addresses the multifaceted aspects of mental health symptoms and disorders in elite athletes and should be of interest to athletics staff supporting collegiate student-athletes. 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