Issue 26 | February 2023| {View as Webpage}

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Your Monthly News and Updates From The Physical Activity Alliance

Updates from the Physical Activity Alliance!

Exciting News About Our “It’s Time to Move” Initiative

Last week, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology released its draft version 4 of the US Core Data for Interoperability and included our application for physical activity assessment.

***Now We Need Your Help***

The public comment period for the draft USCDI v. 4 is currently open and we need to generate as many comments as possible in favor of including physical activity in the final version.

Comments are due April 17, 2023. For more info and how to submit comments.

HERO & Physical Activity Alliance Announce National Co-Chairs to Champion CEO Pledge for Physical Activity

The Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO) and the Physical Activity Alliance announce the appointment of Karen Moseley and Jack Groppel as national co-chairs to CEO Pledge for Physical Activity.

Washington, DC (February 15, 2023) – The Health Enhancement Research Organization

(HERO) and the Physical Activity Alliance jointly announce the appointment of Karen

Moseley, HERO President & CEO, and Dr. Jack Groppel, as National Co-chairs for the

CEO pledge for Physical Activity . The CEO Pledge for Physical Activity is a signature-led

initiative by the Physical Activity Alliance, in support of the Active People, Healthy Nation. This

national initiative aims to help 27 million Americans become more physically active by the year 2027. Learn more, and read the Press Release

HHS Now Accepting Public Comments on the Physical Activity Guidelines Midcourse Report on Older Adults

HHS is seeking written comments from the public on the draft Physical Activity Guidelines Midcourse Report on Older Adults (Midcourse Report).

You can review and comment on the Midcourse Report during the public comment period through 11:59 p.m. ET on March 10, 2023.  More Info

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The purpose of this section is to provide physical activity resources, articles, research, and education as it relates to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

How Special Olympics Can Help Athletes with Disabilities Reduce Depression Risks Read

Unified Sports Sparks Inclusion, Friendship Across Prince William County and Beyond Read

Disability and Dignity – 4 Things to Think About If You Want to ‘Help’ Read

How this Tahoe Nonprofit Empowers Travelers with Disabilities Read

Increasing Inclusion in Sports and Recreation Read

Research, Reports, Recommendations, and Releases

New WHO/OECD Report: Increasing Physical Activity Could Save the EU Billions Annually Read

Only About Half of US Adults Are Meeting Physical Activity Guidelines: CDC Read

Physical Activity and Cardiorespiratory

Fitness as Modulators of Health Outcomes: A Compelling Research-Based Case Presented to the Medical Community Read

Prevalence of Meeting Aerobic, Muscle-Strengthening, and Combined Physical Activity Guidelines During Leisure Time Among Adults, by Rural-Urban Classification and Region -- 2020 Read

COVID-19 Induced Changes in Physical Activity Patterns, Screen Time and Sleep Among Swedish Adolescents - a Cohort study Read

WHO and OECD Outline Policy Options for Achieving Recommended Exercise Levels Read

Strategies to Increase Physical Activity

Communities can use evidence-based strategies to increase access to physical activity for everyone across sectors and settings. Providing equitable and inclusive access is foundational to each strategy. Learn More

Active Living Support Portal

The American Heart Association is pleased to share a resource to support community-led active living policy change. AHA’s Active Living Support Portal offers individuals and community organizations a site to submit questions about active living policies, like Complete Streets. Visit the support portal here.

Promote Physical Activity and Healthy Eating with New Move Your Way Resources

In 2018, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) developed the Move Your Way campaign to share key recommendations from the second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. ODPHP has recently created new Move Your Way resources for consumers that give actionable tips for moving more and eating healthy.

To find social media media messages and graphics, visit the audience-specific resource pages. Help us spread the word about the benefits of getting active and healthy eating!

In The News...

– Study Shows Physical Activity Increases Brain Function Later in Life Read

– Better Cognition Even With Small Amounts of Physical Activity Read

– Fitt Insider Issue No. 126: Ending Inactivity Read

– The Best-kept Secret in the State Department, How Sports Help U.S. Diplomats Read

– Physical Activity Linked to Fewer Days of Cold Symptoms Read

– Reducing Adolescent Depression with Physical Activity Read

– Any Regular Physical Activity at Any Age Linked to Better Brain Function in Later Life


– Study: Physical Activity Can Improve Work Focus, But Motivation Plays a Key Role Read

– Whether or Not You Have Ever Lifted a Weight, You Can Protect Your Brain Health Now Read

– For a Longer Life, Afternoon Exercise May Be Best, a Large Study Shows Read

– Five Reasons Physical Activity Is Important for Cancer Patients Read

– Ministers Responsible for Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Collaborate to Make a Safe, Inclusive Sport Environment and to Support Physical Activity Read

– Exercise in Europe: Which Countries Do the Most and Least Physical Activity? Read

– Exercise and Childhood Obesity: How Effective Are School-Based Physical Activity Programs? Read

– How to Improve Your Vision With Physical Exercise? Read

Who Are We?

The Physical Activity Alliance is the nation’s largest and most inclusive community of physical activity advocates, researchers, academics, and practitioners. 

Guided by the National Physical Activity Plan, our mission is to create, support, and advocate for policy and system changes that enable all Americans to enjoy physically active lives. 

Together, we envision an active and healthy nation where the opportunity for physical activity is easily available in the daily lives of Americans. #MoveWithUS

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