Issue 9- November 2015 |
November 11, 2015

Welcome to Issue 9 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
Advocating for Physical Activity: Why America's Health Depends On It  Read

Physical Education for All City Kids: Right Now, Thousands Aren't Getting What the Law Requires and Their Health Demands Read

Sneakernomics: America's Real Health Crisis  Read

Gym Time Or Meal Time: What Matters Most For Weight Loss?  Read

Weight and Physical Activity Influence A Child's Learning  Read

Sports Industry Rallies to Support Passage of PHIT Act Read

Does Exercise Slow the Aging Process? Read

Is Exercise at 40 the Key to Long Life? Physical Activity in Middle Age Is Critical Time to Prevent Body from Aging Read

Physical Activity Keeps The Brain Young Read

Midlife Cardiovascular Fitness Linked to Lower Healthcare Costs  Read

Churches Are Increasingly Adding Health and Fitness to Ministry Outreach Read

Upcoming Events
* The Healthy People 2020 Law and Policy Project: A Focus on Older Adults Webinar November 16 at 1pm EST More Info

Who's Leading the Leading Health Indicators? Webinar: Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity November 19 at 2pm EST More Info

*Equity in Active Living The 2016 Active Living Research Conference January 31- February 3, 2016 Clearwater Beach, FL More Info

* SFIA's 2016 National Health Through Fitness Day 
March 8-9, 2016 Washington, DC More Info

* IHRSA 2016/35th Annual International Convention & Trade Show    March 21-24, 2016  Orlando, FL More Info

*Partnership for a Healthier America's Building a Healthier Future Summit   May 18-20, 2016
Washington, DC. More Info

The CEO Pledge
The CEO Pledge for Physical Activity 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
NCPPA would like to welcome members:

* American Diabetes Association
*  The Anxiety & Depression Initiative
*Maryland State Advisory Council on Physical Fitness.

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
Education Reauthorization and PEP
Currently the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) is in conference negotiation. While the House bill completely eliminated physical education, the Senate bill contained three provisions on physical education. The Senate bill: 1) reauthorized the Physical Education for Progress grant program; 2) made physical education a core subject; and 3) made physical education an allowable use in another consolidated grant program. If the final bill contains all three Senate provisions, federal policy for physical education will be strengthened - a huge victory for physical education and children's health. 

NCPPA and many of its partners are ramping up efforts to ensure that the provisions in the Senate bill are included in the final legislation that emerges from conference. But Congress needs to hear from you. Here are some of the ways you can help. Learn More

Transportation Reauthorization: House Passes Bill
Last week, the House began debating and voting on over 125 amendments to the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act (STRRA) . None of them threatened the biking and walking funding preserved in the bill, after two hostile amendments failed to make it to the floor for a vote.

The House eventually passed the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act (STRRA), making way for Congress to pass the first long term transportation bill in a decade by the end of 2015.  

The next step is for the House STRRA bill and the Senate DRIVE bill to be reconciled into one bill. The House and Senate will both appoint conferees to negotiate on the final bill. The House and Senate Transportation Committees are under a November 20th deadline to produce a compromise bill, so things will move quickly in the next two weeks. 

The Senate bill is much stronger on bicycle and pedestrian funding. Going into Conference, the goal is to maintain the Senate language. Learn More
PHIT Act Introduced in U.S. Senate for First Time
On October 29, Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), John Thune (R-S.D.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) officially introduced the Personal Health Investment (PHIT) Act (S.2218)- SFIA's top legislative policy initiative designed to make physical activity more affordable for Americans. The introduction of a Senate companion to the House PHIT bill (H.R. 1218) is critical to moving the PHIT Act through Congress and marks the first time the PHIT Act has been introduced in both chambers of Congress. Read more

With the introduction of the Senate bill, the #PassThePHITAct Campaign has officially launched! Over the next several months, SFIA, PHIT America, and the PHIT Act Coalition partners will further ignite efforts on Capitol Hill to pass the PHIT Act with a national social media campaign which will increase the awareness of the PHIT Act at the grassroots level and generate a national call to action to get the PHIT Act passed. Learn More 

Here is the link to the advocacy portal which will send digital letters of support of PHIT to Members of Congress based off zip codes: Please share with your networks. 
Member of Congress Sign Dear Colleague in Support of the Surgeon General's Call to Action on Walking
Attached please find the House and Senate Dear Colleague letters in support of Step It Up! The Surgeon General's Call to Action on Walking and Walkable Communities.  The letters are signed by the co-chairs of the Congressional Fitness Caucus, Wellness Caucus and Public Health Caucus.  Please feel free to share them with your members and with other interested groups.

Click here for the Senate Letter.
Click here for the House Letter.
EEOC Issues Proposed Rule to Amend Title II of GINA
On Friday, October 30, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to amend the regulations implementing Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) as they relate to employer wellness programs that are part of group health plans.

The proposed rule would allow employers who offer wellness programs as part of group health plans to provide limited financial and other inducements (also called incentives) in exchange for an employee's spouse providing information about his or her current or past health status. EEOC will accept comments on the proposed rule through Tuesday, December 29, 2015. Learn More

Research, Reports, and Announcements

Walk this Way! and Walk the Talk!

The American Council on Exercise (ACE) announced the launch of two walking toolkits, Walk this Way! and Walk the Talk!, "as part of its commitment to support the U.S. Surgeon General's landmark national call to action to promote walking and walkable communities. The toolkits contain a variety of resources designed to help create a culture of health that values and supports walking as a fundamental physical activity." Learn More

Advocating for Physical Activity: Why America's Health Depends on It 
Recent headlines serve as a sharp reminder of why we must continue to call on Congress to make physical activity the easy choice for all Americans. Read More
Commentary on Physical Activity and Health: 
How Much Physical Activity is Good Enough?
Check out this blog written by I-Min Lee, MD, ScD
Professor of Medicine and Professor of Epidemiology at Harvard. Read More
Surgeon General's Call to Action: 'Step It Up!' 
The U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, wants you to make walking a part of your life and help others make it a part of theirs. Why should you walk?  

Learn more at

** Add a little music to your walks! Listen to the Surgeon General's  Walking Playlist on Pandora. 
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