Issue 29 | May 2023| {View as Webpage}

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Your Monthly News and Updates from The Physical Activity Alliance

Updates from the Physical Activity Alliance!

Happy 3rd Birthday PAA!

Three years ago this month, three influential organizations merged into one broadly based, powerful voice for physical activity promotion in America:

The Physical Activity Alliance.

Since then, we've grown to 17 board organizations, launched a new National Physical Activity Plan sector, engaged Capitol Hill and Federal agencies, and made remarkable progress to elevating physical activity assessment, prescription, and referral as a standard of healthcare.

None of this would have been possible without the support of our board, volunteers, partners, supporters, and staff. We cannot wait to see what the next 3 years of PAA will produce, and how many more people we can inspire to #MoveWithUS

Physical Activity Alliance on Capitol Hill!

Last week, PAA was on Capitol Hill with IHRSA: The Global Health and Fitness Association for their 2023 IHRSA Fly-In & Advocacy Summit.

Advocates held more than 100 meetings to talk with Congress about the importance of physical activity and passing policies that incentivize and increase access to physical activity. Thank you IHRSA for your leadership.

* Check out the video recap here!

2023 Congressional Physical Activity Challenge

The Physical Activity Alliance is also on the Hill this month in partnership with Myzone for the 2023 Congressional Physical Activity Challenge. PAA is competing against 400 members of Congress, their DC based congressional staff and interns, committee and leadership staff for in celebration of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month.

** Check out the Leaderboard to see the standings!

ICYMI: Webinar RecordingPhysical Activity and Persons with Disabilities

Thumbnail image from the webinar with the title of the webinar and names of all speakers.

May 2023 Update

In early May, the Physical Activity Implementation Guide (IG) passed through another major milestone by getting through its first HL7 balloting process with 72% Affirmative votes.

* Learn more about It's Time to Move here.

* Follow all It's Time to Move progress here.

PHIT Act Reintroduced with Bipartisan Support

The Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act was recently reintroduced in both the U.S. House of Representatives (H.R.1582) and Senate (S.786) with bipartisan support.

Learn more about PHIT and why you should reach out to your congresspersons and ask them to cosponsor. More Info

Promoting Physical Activity for Americans Act S.397 

The Promoting Physical Activity for Americans Act (S.397) was also recently reintroduced. The bill would Require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to publish a report that provides physical activity recommendations at least every ten years based on the latest scientific evidence. Learn More

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.

Check out the following resources to learn about language and word choice and make informed and inclusive language choices. 

  • Disability: Let's Say the Word Read
  • What We Say Matters Read
  • Disability Is Not a Dirty word; ‘Handi-Capable’ Should Be Retired Read
  • #SaytheWord: A Disability Culture Commentary on the Erasure of "Disability" Read

Research, Reports, and Releases

Physical Activity in the EU: Policies that Make People Happier

WHO/Europe presents a new database dedicated to physical activity in the European Union (EU) and policies that have been implemented to promote healthy active lifestyles. Read

White House Proclamation on National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, 2023 Read

Physical Activity: An Untapped Resource to Address Our Nation’s Mental Health Crisis Among Children and Adolescents Read

Our Epidemic of Loneliness and Isolation: The U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory on the Healing Effects of Social Connection and Community


Physical Activity Is the Key to Improved Post-Stroke Recovery Read

How to Promote Physical Activity in the Workplace Read

Physical Activity Interventions to Alleviate Depressive Symptoms

in Children and Adolescents Read

Priority Strategy: Increasing Physical Activity Through Community Design Read

In The News ––––––––––––––––––––––– Upcoming Events

The Income Gap Is Becoming a Physical Activity Divide Read

Exercise With a Buddy. Your Brain Will Thank You For It Read

The (Many) Benefits of a Cardio Workout Read

Is Weight Training the Key to Lowering Blood Pressure in Adults? Read

Teens Can Boost Physical, Mental Health for Free This Summer at Planet Fitness Read

How to Exercise When You Have a Chronic Condition or a Disability Read

● Project Play Summit

May 17-18 More

● 2023 ACSM Annual Meeting:

May 30-June 2 More

● NATA 2023: ATs Advance Here

June 21-24 More

● Active Schools National Summit:

July 19-23 More

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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