Issue 4- May 2015 |
May 7, 2015

Welcome to Issue 4 of the Activity Advocate, NCPPA's comprehensive e-newsletter on physical activity. The Activity Advocate includes policy updates, news updates, conference and event updates, organizational updates, and research all focused on physical activity.

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. To celebrate and acknowledge all of the great work going on in the physical activity space, this month we will release not one, but TWO Issues of the Activity Advocate!  #MoveInMay #ActivityAdvocate

Upcoming Events

National Bike to Work Week is May 11-15 More


*The 2015 Childhood Obesity Conference to be held June 29 - July 2 in San Diego, CA More


* The 2015 Healthy Aging Summit sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will be held July 27- 28 in Washington, DC More  

* The Every Body Walk! Collaborative and America Walks are excited to host the 2nd National Walking Summit held October 28-30 in Washington, DC More


New Members
NCPPA would like to welcome our newest members:

League of American Bicyclists


National Recreation and Park Association

Trust For America's Health


Join us as we advocate for policies that encourage Americans of all ages to make physical activity a regular part of their day. Learn More  

Sign the CEO Pledge
The CEO Pledge is a campaign promoted by NCPPA to encourage every CEO to recognize physical activity as an important driver of employee health and business performance.
The CEO Pledge is a great way to engage business leaders and influencers! As of today, more than 300 CEO's have signed the pledge. To learn more, click Here!
Who is NCPPA?
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.
NCPPA Policy Agenda

News Update

Top Four Rules For Health 

Newly confirmed U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy recently shared his four rules for health:

1. Eat Healthy

2. Stay Physically Active

3. Focus also on Emotional and Mental Well-being

4. Stay Away From Toxic Substances  Read

More News:


Chris Watts named Executive Director of the National Foundation on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition



American Inactivity Level Is Highest Since 2007 Read

Should You Exercise After a Heart Attack? Yes. Read 


Lunchtime Exercise Increases Worker Enthusiasm Read 


Surgeon General Vivek Murthy Wants to Move U.S. Healthcare Toward a 'Prevention-Based Society' Read 

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Policy Update

Every Child Achieves Act

In April 2015, the Senate HELP Committee began marking up a bipartisan bill, The Every Child Achieves Act. When the bill was initially presented, it included PE as a core subject, but eliminated the PEP program, which is the only source of dedicated federal funding for PE.


Sen. Baldwin offered an amendment in Committee to restore the PEP program, which was accepted without objection. The bill passed the Committee with a 22-0 vote; however, full Senate consideration is uncertain at this point. With PEP back in and PE as a core subject, NCPPA supports the Every Child Achieves Act. NCPPA circulated a sign-on letter in support of the bill.


FIT Kids Act

On April 23, 2015, Representatives Ron Kind (D-WI) and Patrick Meehan (R-PA), and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) reintroduced the Fitness Integrated with Teaching (FIT) Kids Act in Congress, H.R. 2013 and S. 1075. This legislation promotes physical activity by strengthening grants to schools across the country to initiate, expand or enhance physical education programs for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. The bill restores the 37 percent cut the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) sustained in the FY2015 appropriations, and would also require states applying for these PEP grants to adopt physical activity standards and use the funds for physical education programs that are evidence-based.


EEOC Statement on Worksite Wellness

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)  recently published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking describing how Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to employer wellness programs that are part of group health plans. In addition, the EEOC has also published a fact sheet for Small Businesses and a  Q&A document for the general public.


**Members of the public have until Friday, June 19 to submit comments.


Workplace Wellness and Optimizing Workplace Health

The American Heart Association released new recommendations to address gaps in common standards around comprehensive workplace wellness programs (CWWPs). The recommendations improve the design, measurement, and recognition of CWWPs. If adopted by employers, improved CWWPs could significantly impact efforts to improve the cardiovascular health of the American workforce.   Read the full article in Circulation 


Recently, the British Journal of Sports Medicine released an editorial about the role of nutrition and physical activity in obesity and weight loss.

  • The report can be read Here 
  • Exercise 'Not Key to Obesity Fight' Read 
  • Dr. Steven Blair, Professor in the Departments of Exercise Science and Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina responds Read 
  • Dr. Cedric X Bryant, Chief Science Officer, American Council on Exercise responds Read 
  • Sugar and Carbs Are the Obesity Culprits, Not Lack of Exercise Read

Exercise Is The Best Medicine for Doctors and Patients

Almost any doctor will agree that exercise is a great preventive measure and helps keep people well. But how often do doctors come right out and prescribe their patients exercise -- or even ask how much physical activity they get on a routine basis? Read 


Keep Moving to Stay a Step Ahead of Arthritis A key to fighting off debilitation is to find activities you can do when ones you have done become difficult or impossible. Read 


Active Education: Growing Evidence on Physical Activity and Academic Performance This research brief reviews evidence that examines how physical activity and fitness may help school-aged children maximize their academic performance and provides an overview of the effects of physical activity on the developing brain. Read 

Call to Action on Walking

NCPPA is looking forward to supporting the release of the Surgeon General's Call to Action on Walking. In preparation for its release, the Office of the Surgeon General is looking for success stories about walking and walkability at the workplace, especially stories from individuals about how walking or walkability in the worksite has benefitted them. How and why do you walk at work? What do you see as motivators? Benefits? Please send your responses with the subject 'Walkability' to


Every Body Walk! 

The Every Body Walk! Collaborative is asking people from across the country to show what walking means to them! They need individuals and organizations to create short videos (between 30 seconds and one minute) on a variety of topics to be submitted and uploaded between now and October 1st. The videos with the most likes, shares and views will be highlighted at the 2nd National Walking Summit, featured on the Every Body Walk! Website and used by the partners at the Every Body Walk! Collaborative. You can find the full instructions here and contact Heidi Simon with any questions. Have fun, send in your videos and keep walking!


Every Body Walk! Collaborative Calendar

If your organization has activities planned over the next 12 months that relate to communicating, disseminating and/or implementing the proposed Call to Action on Walking, please feel free to include those in this Every Body Walk! Collaborative Calendar.  


*Please upload as much of the requested information as possible

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Ayanna McKnight