Issue 5- June 2015 |
June 11, 2015

Welcome to Issue 5 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.

New Members
NCPPA would like to welcome our newest members:

American Diabetes Association


Champions for America's Future


International Council on Active Aging 


National Council on Youth Sports


Road Runners Club of America


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!
Upcoming Events

* America Walks will hold its first Walking College Webinar Jun 18 at 1pm EST More 


* The American Cancer Society Action Network (ACSAN) will hold a National Policy Round-Table on Healthy Eating & Active Living: It's Role In Reducing Cancer Risk and Recurrence, June 30 in Washington, DC More


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


* The 2015 White House Conference On Aging, July 13 in Washington, DC More

* The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) and the Congressional Youth Sports Caucus in celebration of National Youth Sports Week (July 13-19, 2015) will host a Physical Activity Expo on NCYS Youth Sports Day, July 14 in Washington, DC More


* The 2015 Healthy Aging Summit, July 27- 28 in Washington, DC More  


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

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Policy Update

NIH Common Fund Launches Physical Activity Research Program

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has accepted the application for a Physical Activity Research Program within the NIH Common Fund. The program, Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity in Humans, is the largest targeted NIH investment of funds into the mechanisms of how physical activity improves health and prevents disease.


Since its inception in 2006, the Common Fund has been used to "support a series of short term, exceptionally high impact" programs, which up until now did not include physical activity. Read


EEOC Releases 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.


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


Congress Extends MAP-21 Through July

The current transportation bill, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), was set to expire in May. Congress has extended it through the end of July. Read 


Margo Pedroso Talks Safe Routes to School Policy and Programs  Read 


House Rejects Amendment to Limit Safe Routes to Transit Read 


Staying Active in the 114th Congress

The Congressional Fitness Caucus is currently working on 7 physical activity related bills: FIT Kids, Healthy Choice Easy Choice for Life,  Healthy Kids Outdoors, PHIT, Physical Activity Recommendations, PLAYS, and Treat and Reduce Obesity. Please contact NCPPA for more information.


- Active Living Research has released a research brief, Does Summertime Weight Gain Undermine Youth Obesity Prevention Efforts? This research brief synthesizes what is known about summer weight gain, and how physical activity and diet during the summer may contribute. Read


- PHIT America has released an new report, What's Going on With Youth Sports?  The report finds "a drastic decline in team sports participation in the last five years by children ages 6 to 17." Read

Physical Activity In the News
  • First Lady Answers Challenge: New Video Shows 5 Exercises She Does to Stay Healthy Read
  • More Physical Education Teachers Are Being Hired, Thanks to the Common Core Read 
  • How to Head Off Kids' Summer Weight Gain Read
  • Big Winner From Exercise: Brain Read
  • How Much Time Is Okay to Spend Sitting Each Day Read
  • Friends in Fitness - And Business Read

Surgeon General

NCPPA is looking forward to supporting the release of the Surgeon General's Call to Action on Walking & Walkability. 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 benefited 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! 

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

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