Issue 27 | March 2023| {View as Webpage}

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Your Monthly News and Updates From The Physical Activity Alliance

Updates from the Physical Activity Alliance!

Highlights from Active Living Conference 2023!

Thank you to Active Living Research for keeping us #ActiveAtALC2023! We had a wonderful week engaging with researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to promote our It's Time to Move initiative to build an active, healthy America. PAA presented alongside a slate of incredible speakers and we were also thrilled to have several committee members in attendance representing the National Physical Activity Plan.

In one of the many highlights from the Conference, our Strategic advisor, Dr. Laurie Whitsel, moderated the panel on the whole of government approach to promoting physical activity. Check out the recording from this session ALC Day 2 (starts at 29:17)

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

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology recently released its draft version 4 of the US Core Data for Interoperability (USCDI v.4) 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. Check out this link for more info and how to submit comments.

*Follow all It's Time to Move progress on our Physical Activity Confluence page. Check out the the March It's Time to Move update in our It's Time to Move Monthly newsletter!

PHIT Act Reintroduced with Expanded Support

Building off the strong momentum established at the end of 2022, we are excited to learn that the Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act was just reintroduced in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, supported by an expanded group of bipartisan champions. The bill is designed to encourage healthier lifestyles, provide financial incentives to ease burdens for healthy behavior, and increase the ability of people of all ages to engage in more active behaviors.

Click here to read our board member IHRSA’s news release on this announcement.

Click here to read about the Bicameral, Bipartisan group of Congressional PHIT supporters.

AHIP's 2023 Medicare, Medicaid, Duals & Commercial Markets Forum

The Physical Activity Alliance recently participated in the America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) 2023 Medicare, Medicaid, Duals & Commercial Markets Forum, which focused on policies, priorities, regulatory and compliance issues, plus public-private partnerships impacting Medicare, Medicaid, Duals, and the commercial market.

PAA presented It's Time to Move on the panel "Applying Policy to the Real Word: Wellness Programs for Chronic Disease." On this panel, stakeholders discussed new value reimbursement opportunities in fitness partnerships and other innovative collaborations, including use of digital solutions for health and wellness. We are grateful for the opportunity to engage and share It's Time to Move and look forward to continuing the great work ahead. The panel was sponsored by PAA member organization Tivity Health.

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. Read the Press Release

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.

Link to the Webinar: What is Disability?

This webinar, presented by NCHPAD, the Lakeshore Foundation, and UAB School of Health Professions takes an in-depth look at how disability impacts identity, culture and lived experience. Panelists and disability leaders share their insight and expertise on how we can individually and collectively promote disability as a positive and common part of the human experience. Watch

Announcements, Research, Reports, and Releases

Healthy Community Design, Anti-displacement, and Equity Strategies in the USA: A Scoping Review Read

Review of 1,039 Studies Indicates Exercise Can Be More Effective Than Counselling or Medication for Depression Read

Centering and Celebrating Cultures in Health: April 3-9, 2023 More Info

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

Celebrate Trails Day (April 22) is an annual spring celebration of America’s trails. More Info

Priority Strategy: Increasing Physical Activity Through Community Design Read

Only 1 in 3 Patients Is Active Enough. Here’s How to Help Read

Digital Tools Make Physical Exercise Programs More Effective and Easier to Stick With, Find Researchers Read

Active Living Support Portal

The American Heart Association'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.

Moving Matters


"Moving Matters" is a communication campaign supporting Active People, Healthy Nation, CDC's initiative to help 27 million Americans be more physically active by 2027. More Info

Step Up! Tackling the Burden of Insufficient Physical Activity in Europe

Check out this new OECD report Step Up! Tackling the Burden of Insufficient Physical Activity in Europe. Being physically active is one of the most important things people can do to improve their physical and mental health. It prevents a range of non-communicable diseases, improves cognitive functioning and sleep quality, prevents falls, and reduces symptoms of depression and anxiety. Considering both the impact of the COVID-19 restrictions on physical activity levels and the rising burden of non-communicable diseases and mental health conditions, increasing physical activity is now more important than ever. Read

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

Effectiveness of Physical Activity Interventions for Improving Depression, Anxiety and Distress: An Overview of Systematic Reviews  Read

Promote Physical Activity with 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...

To Build a Healthier City, Begin at the Sidewalk Read

To Stay Healthy in Old Age, Research Finds Building Muscles Is Key Read

Yoga Can Help Seniors Regain Their Strength Read

How "PeopleForBikes" Encourages Staff to Ride More Read

Extra 20 Minutes of Physical Activity a Day May Help Prevent Hospitalizations, Study Shows Read

Safe, Joyful Movement for People of All Weights Read

Physical Activity Improves Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety Read

– Any Level of Physical Activity Tied to Better Later-Life Memory Read

Is Exercise as Effective as Medications or Talk Therapy? Read

Health Apps and Trackers Are Making Gains. Americans’ Concern Over Data Privacy Has Lost Some Muscle Read

Get Moving, Any Physical Activity Improves Brain Function, Study Found Read

Gym, Pets, and Takeout; How the Pandemic Has Shifted Daily Life Read

The Best Treatment for Depression? It Could Be Exercise Read

Is Everyone Judging You at the Gym? Read

What Is the Minimum Amount of Activity Needed to Improve Your Health? Read

Don’t Feel Like Exercising? It Could Be Your Microbiome Read

How Art, Music and Dance Affect Your Brain and Body Read

– Is Exercise More Effective than Medication for Depression and Anxiety? Read

– U.S. Congress Re-introduces PHIT Act to Incentivize Physical Activity Read

Researchers Say Exercise Is More Important Than Antidepressants 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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