Issue 8- October 2015 |
October 1, 2015

Welcome to Issue 8 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.
Physical Activity In the News
Leaps and Bounds: The Many Rewards of Physical Activity  Read

Let's Get Moving: J&J Supports Surgeon General's Call to Action Read 

How Boosting Physical Fitness Leads to Better Business  Read

Physical Education In Schools: An Afterthought, But Just As Important As Math Or Science  Read

Activity Is Key to Good Health As You Age Read

Why Great CEOs Do Yoga With Their Employees    Read

These Kids Can't Sit Still, and That's Exactly the Point  Read

The Right Dose of Exercise for the Aging Brain  Read

Help Students Make the Grade this School Year through More Physical Activity  Read 

Cut Risk of Breast Cancer With Exercise  Read

P.E.: As American as Apple Pie  

Upcoming Events
*  CEO Pledge for Physical Activity Twitter Chat hosted by IHRSA. October 8 at 12pm EST   #ceopledgeinaction and follow @IHRSA_GetActive More

* America Walks Webinar Connecting the Dots- First Steps in Working with Regional Offices, October 15 at 3pm EST  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

* American Public Health Association ( APHA) 143rd Annual Meeting October 31- November 4 in Chicago, IL More

New Members!
NCPPA would like to welcome our newest members:

*  IDEA Health & Fitness Association
*  My Healthy Neighborhood
*  Pop Warner Little Scholars
*  The Anxiety & Depression Initiative

We invite you to join us as we advocate for policies that encourage Americans of all ages to make physical activity a regular part of their day.
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Policy Update
Transportation Reauthorization
While just a few weeks ago, we were  gearing up for the House to move a new transportation bill  through the Committee and then the floor, action has once again been delayed.  

As the current transportation extension expires at the end of October, Congress will almost certainly have to extend it again, likely through December.  The primary roadblock continues to be how to fill the funding hole in the Highway Trust Fund.  Read More
Education Reauthorization and PEP
As a brief reminder, before the August recess, both the House and Senate passed ESEA reauthorization bills. The House bill, eliminated all of physical education.  The Senate bill, the Every Child Achieves Act, included three provisions for physical education.  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.      
NCPPA is underway with a campaign to preserve physical education at the federal level. We have been told by Members of Congress that if they don't hear from us on the importance of physical education and dedicated funding for physical education (PEP Grants) then we will lose that funding in appropriations and once lost, it will be very difficult to ever get it back.

Please reach out to your Members of Congress NOW to let them know how important it is to preserve physical education in our nation's schools. And please disseminate our talking points and advocacy letter through your networks.
Save the Land and Water Conservation Fund
The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has suffered a significant defeat in Congress. It wasn't included in a stopgap funding bill that staved off a government shutdown. This is the first time in its 50-year history it has not been reauthorized.

Created by Congress in 1965, the LWCF was a bipartisan commitment to safeguard natural areas, water resources and our cultural heritage, and to provide recreation opportunities to all Americans. National parks like Rocky Mountain, the Grand Canyon,  the Everglades,  and the Great Smoky Mountains,  as well as national wildlife refuges, national forests, rivers and lakes, community parks, trails, and ball fields in every one of our 50 states were set aside for Americans to enjoy thanks to federal funds from the LWCF.

The LWCF is based on a simple idea: when you deplete some of the earth's finite natural resources, a portion of the proceeds should be invested in strengthening the rest of our nation's natural assets. To that end, revenue from offshore oil leases makes up the vast majority of the money in the program's trust fund. Congress created this "asset-for-asset" reinvestment concept so that there would always be money available to add on to our parks and protected areas, without burdening taxpayers.

By voting to fully reauthorize the fund, Congress would ensure that future generations have access to healthy green spaces, parks, trails, and places to watch wildlife. It is vital that we tell our lawmakers to follow through on the LWCF's original vision. The program has worked for 50 years, and it will work for 50 more! Making this happen won't cost the taxpayers a dime.  Learn More
Research, Reports and Announcements
YMCA of the USA and ACE® Partner to Improve America's Health YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) and the American Council on Exercise ( ACE) have teamed up to enhance their impact on community health.    The partnership brings together two of the largest non-profit providers of health and wellness education and programs with the common mission of helping people achieve long-term health behavior change.  Read More
Surgeon General's Call to Action: 'Step It Up!' On Wednesday, September 9, 2015, the United States Surgeon General issued a call to action to address the major public health problem, physical inactivity. Step It Up! The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities articulates the health benefits of walking while addressing the fact that many communities unacceptably lack safe and convenient places for individuals to walk or wheelchair roll. Read More
Click on the video to learn how to Step it Up! Help Make Our Communities Walkable
 Step it Up! Help Make Our Communities Walkable
** Click HERE to watch the webcast from the event 
** Add a little music to your walks! Listen to the Surgeon General's  Walking Playlist  on Pandora.
The CEO Pledge
IHRSA is hosting a Twitter Chat on the CEO Pledge on October 8th from 12:00-1:00 pm (EST).  Questions will focus on the biggest obstacles to physical activity during the workday, ways that businesses can encourage their employees to exercise at work, and the benefits associated with having a physically fit workforce.   J oin the conversation, use #ceopledgeinaction and follow @IHRSA_GetActive.

The CEO Pledge for Physical Activity is NCPPA's national campaign to is NCPPA's national campaign to encourage every CEO In the United States and beyond to recognize physical activity as an important driver of employee health and business performance.  Learn More
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