Issue 50 - AUGUST 2019|
August 15, 2019

W elcome to Issue 50 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
August 26-29, 2019
Philadelphia, PA

Safe States 2019
September 11-12, 2019

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
Netflix Is Testing 'Physical Activity' Tracking for Some Reason Read

To Really Learn, Our Children Need the Power of Play Read

Workers Sue Yale University Over Workplace Wellness Penalties 

Americans Are Not Getting the Message About Exercising More and Sitting Less Read

How Well Do Americans Really Stick to the U.S. Physical Activity Guidelines? Read

Exercise During Pregnancy May Have Lasting Benefits for Babies Read

Even a Small Boost in Exercise Can Help Protect You From Alzheimer's Read

Morning Exercise May Offer the Most Weight Loss Benefits Read

Americans Still Not Listening to Physical Activity Guidelines Read

People Over 55 Must Do More to Keep Up Their Physical Activity Levels Read

Wellness Programs Are in Limbo Without EEOC Regulations  Read

Physical Fitness May Help Prevent Depression, Anxiety Read

Exercise Is Great. But Even Light Activities Like Walking and Housework Can Improve Your 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
Pass the PHIT Earlier this year, the PHIT Act was reintroduced in both the House (H.R. 1679) and Senate (S.680). PHIT would allow Americans t o pay for physical activity expenses (from youth sports fees to gym memberships to sports equipment) using funds in pre-tax medical accounts (Health Savings Accounts and Flexible Savings Accounts). 

PHIT remains bipartisan with 86 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
Transportation Reauthorization
- Check out this blog from Safe Routes to School National Partnership to learn more about the Senate Transportation Bill and what it means for biking and walking and the Transportation Alternatives Program. Read

- Check out this blog post from Rails to Trails to learn what it means for Trails. Read
EEOC Wellness Rules Update
AARP Foundation Files Class Action Suit Against Yale University Over Employee Wellness Program. Read

More than 100 organizations as part of HERO (Health Enrichment Research Organization) put together a letter providing comments to the EEOC regarding the proposed wellness rules. Read the letter.
Announcements, Blogs, Reports and Research
Update on the President's Council  T he Office of the President's Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition (PCSFN) recently moved to within the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). The Council has a new acting executive director.

The Council, which is composed of 21 individuals who advise the President, serves in an advisory capacity to the HHS Secretary.   Learn more about the Council, its new acting executive director and its members. 
3 WINS Fitness: Free Exercise Classes get Communities Moving  3 Wins Fitness is  a nationally recognized program that offers a tailored and comprehensive free exercise intervention that is sustainable and replicable through its delivery by university kinesiology students.  Launched in 2011 as  100 Citizens  by California State University, Northridge's (CSUN) Department of Kinesiology in partnership with Recreation Park in San Fernando, CA,  3 WINS seeks to improve community health by increasing people's physical activity levels.  Programs are provided at public parks, faith-based institutions, and public schools, and currently they operate at six sites across Los Angeles County serving over 300 participants. Learn More
Take Your Parent to PE Week The 3rd Annual Take Your Parent to PE Week will take place September 23-27. During the campaign, parents are introduced to their child's physical education program and encouraged to engage throughout the year while being physically active together at home and in the community. 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