Issue 6- July 2015 |
July 30, 2015

Welcome to Issue 6 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:

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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!
Physical Activity In the News

Rethinking Exercise as a Source of Immediate Rewards Read 

Sport for All: The Case for Inclusive Physical Activity Programs Read

Why Exercise Is Important, Even If you Don't Need to Lose Weight Read


Exercise: The Steadfast Cornerstone for Maintaining a Healthy Weight and Lifestyle Read 

This Is Your Brain On Exercise Read


Falling in Love With Exercise and Physical Activity Read


Older Athletes Have a Strikingly Young Fitness Age Read


Companies Take a Broader View of Employee Wellness Programs Read


Electronic 'Addiction' Is Hijacking Sports and Our Kids Read


Corporate Wellness -- A Spiritual Path to Healthier and More Productive Lifestyle Read

Upcoming Events

* From July 1 to July 31, the League of Adventurous Women wants YOU to try something new! Their first Try Something New Challenge is a nationwide event for women who are ready to add more zest to life. More


*Celebrate Active Aging!

September 2015 is the first annual Go4Life Month, an opportunity to focus attention on the health benefits of exercise and physical activity for older adults. The theme of the Month is Be Active Every Day! More

* America Walks is hosting a webinar Walkability: The Health and Wellness Equation, Thursday, August 6th 2pmEST webinar  More


* Obesity Action Coalition will sponsor the Your Weight Matters National Convention August 13th - 16th in San Antonio, TX More


SHAPE America is sponsoring the Sedentary Conference, October 15-17 in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois. 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

Promoting Physical Activity for Americans Act

Two weeks ago, U.S. Senators Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) introduced the Promoting Physical Activity for Americans Act, legislation that would establish physical activity recommendations for children and adults. The bipartisan legislation would call on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to issue physical activity recommendations based on the latest scientific and medical evidence every ten years. The bill also directs HHS, five years after the release of each set of recommendations, to update reports to highlight continuing physical activity issues. More


ESEA Reauthorization: Every Child Achieves Act 

Last week, the Senate passed their ESEA Reauthorization bill, the Every Child Achieves Act, with overwhelming support from both sides of the aisle, 81-17. The bill includes the following physical education provisions:  

  1. Physical education is listed as an acceptable use in Senator Alexander's consolidated grant program.
  2. Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) is included. (but not funded)
  3. Physical education is now a core subject.
These provisions need to make it through what is anticipated to be a difficult conference, given the vast differences between the House and the Senate bill.   As a brief reminder, the House bill eliminated all of physical education.   More  


Bipartisan PHIT Act Would Allow for Physical Activity Using HSA/FSA  

Several members of NCPPA are actively lobbying Congress to pass the Personal Health Investment Today Act, commonly known as the PHIT Act (H.R. 1218). As reported, the legislation, introduced by Reps. Ron Kind (D-WI) and Charles Boustany (R-LA), would expand the definition of a medical expense to include programs of physical activity and exercise equipment. This change would effectively allow for gym memberships and most exercise equipment to be paid for out of tax deferred medical accounts such as health savings accounts (HSAs) and flexible spending accounts (FSAs).


As the lobbying campaign continues, NCPPA is working to collect a group of organizations that officially endorse PHIT in order to facilitate future sign on letters and other grassroots lobbying efforts. Please let us know if you would like us to add your organization to the list. More


Transportation Reauthorization

With only one day until the transportation law, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), expires and funding runs out, the Senate is considering a long-term transportation bill. They are hoping to pass their bill before the July 31 expiration  and the beginning of August recess. So far, Complete Streets is included and active transportation policies in the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) remain safe. 


The House is not ready to do their own long term bill and instead have passed a five and a half month extension to fund the programs until December 18, 2015.


Should the Senate fail to pass a long term bill, or should the House reject a Senate bill, expect to see the five and a half month extension pass the Senate before they leave for August recess. More


National Council of Youth Sports: P.L.A.Y.S. Act 

On July 14, 2015, The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) and the Congressional Youth Sports Caucus, in celebration of National Youth Sports Week, were hosts of a physical activity Expo on Capitol Hill. The event was designed to showcase how youth sports organizations and members of Congress can collaborate to promote healthy lifestyles for children and their families through sports. 


The National Council of Youth Sports advocates for legislation that promotes safe environments and healthy lifestyles for stronger neighborhoods and communities in order to enhance the youth sports experience in America for today and for generations to come. The NCYS Legislative Bill, P.L.A.Y.S. Act (Physical activity, Living healthy, Access, Youth development, Safety), advances the positive impact of sports on our youth. More 

Research , Reports and Announcements

At the Intersection of Active Transportation and Equity 

This Safe Routes to School National Partnership report explores the complexities of equitable active transportation. The report sets out why equity and active transportation matter, addresses tensions that may arise when the active transportation and equity movements intersect, describes opportunities for increasing equity in the field of active transportation, and explores some of the programs and initiatives that are doing this crucial work. Read


A New Way 2 Move

On July 13, 2015, At the White House Conference on Aging, US Surgeon General, Dr Vivek Murthy announced a new program in collaboration with Kevin Washington, CEO & President YMCA of the USA. The program, 'A New Way to Move is an inter-generational program to promote opportunities for young and older Americans to be active together. Watch the announcement here.


CDC Releases New Built Environment Assessment Tool
The Built Environment Assessment Tool (BE Tool) (an adaptation of MAPS) was designed to alleviate some of the challenges posed by the significant number of narrowly focused tools aimed at only one activity (walking), one subpopulation (older adults), or one public health area (inactivity). It was created as a collaborative enterprise across multiple areas of public health - health promotion, injury prevention, environmental health, etc. It is a direct systematic observation data collection instrument for measuring the core features and quality of the built environment related to behaviors that affect health, especially behaviors such as walking, biking, and other types of physical activity.  Learn More

NIH 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

PHIT America: What's Going on With Youth Sports?

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


Sports and Health In America

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has released a new report, Sports and Health in America. Researchers sought to understand what roles sports play in the lives of men, women, and children over the course of the lifespan.  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.
NCPPA Policy Agenda

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Ayanna McKnight