FIT Kids Act
The American Heart Association is circulating a sign-on letter in support of the reintroduction of the Fitness Integrated in Teaching (FIT) Kids Act. "The bill has been modified this year to restore the 37% cut PEP funding sustained, and continues to support: curriculum evaluation and fitness assessment reporting - and collecting this data; and professional development for health and physical education teachers."
To sign on, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your organization name. If you have any questions about the bill's content, please contact email@example.com.
NCPPA has signed-on in support of including a physical activity research program within the NIH Common Fund. Since its inception in 2006, the Common Fund has been used to "support a series of short term, exceptionally high impact" programs. By including physical activity research within the NIH Common Fund, NIH would take a tremendous step forward in discovering the educational and practical applications of physical activity.
Workplace Wellness and the EEOC
On March 23, 2015, The Subcommittee on Workforce Protections held a hearing on "H.R. 1189, "Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act, H.R. 548, "Certainty in Enforcement Act of 2015"; H.R. 549, "Litigation Oversight Act of 2015"; and H.R. 550, "EEOC Transparency and Accountability Act". Watch Here
The EEOC is moving forward with a proposed rule on worksite wellness. This proposal will be critical to help employers decide how to design their programs and align with federal law.
Prevention and Public Health Fund
NCPPA has signed-on in support of the Prevention and Public Health Fund letter to Congressional appropriators. The Fund was established to provide expanded and sustained national investments in prevention and public health, to improve health outcomes, and to enhance health care quality.
To date, the Fund has invested in a broad range of evidence-based activities including community and clinical prevention initiatives; research, surveillance and tracking; public health infrastructure; immunizations and screenings; tobacco prevention; and public health workforce and training. Chronic diseases - such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes - are responsible for 7 out of 10 deaths among Americans each year. They account for 75% of the nation's health spending. Focusing on prevention can both improve the health of Americans and help control health care spending.
Transportation Alternatives Program Improvement Act
NCPPA has also signed on in support of the Transportation Alternatives Program Improvement Act. This will serve to protect Safe Routes to School and other active transportation initiatives in the forthcoming reauthorization.