October 2016
Update from the Alliance: 
Alliance Releases New Report Examining Physical Education Attendance
Last month the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance, in collaboration with our organizational partners, released a report examining changes in school-based physical education attendance among U.S. high school students over the past two decades.  Key findings showed that, although consistent over time, one-half of high school students do not attend physical education class.  The report concludes that policies and programs should be adopted that prioritize physical education in order to maximize its benefits. To learn how your community, school district, and state can use the NPAP to improve PE click here.

Recent Happenings in Physical Activity and Public Health:
2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee to Meet in October
The 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee will convene its second public meeting October 27th and 28th.  This meeting will include an opportunity for the public to provide oral testimony to the Advisory Committee.  Registration for oral testimony, in-person attendance, or webcast participation can be completed here.
Step It Up!  A Challenge from the Surgeon General and FitBit
In response to the Surgeon General's Call to Action, Fitbit has teamed up with Surgeon General Vivek Murthy.  This month's challenge to the American public is asking everyone to Step It Up and take as many steps as possible between October 13th and 26th.  To learn more about the challenge, and how you can participate, click here.
National Academy of Medicine Includes PA in Newest Vital Directions 
The National Academy of Medicine highlights physical activity in their Vital Directions report related to Chronic Disease Prevention.  Through the Vital Directions for Health and Health Care Initiative, the National Academy of Medicine called on more than 100 leading researchers, scientists, and policy makers from across the United States to provide expert guidance on 19 priority focus areas for U.S. health policy. 
Illinois' Focus on Quality Phys. Education
Recent years have meant significant changes for Physical Education in Illinois.  The Community Guide In Action report outlines many of the changes being implemented throughout the state and shares lessons learned.  This recent National Physical Activity Society webinar hosted by Naperville, IL teacher Paul Zientarski summarizes how quality PE, recess, and active classrooms have enhanced learning within the district. 
Linking the National Physical Activity Plan and PA Guidelines
This post on the Be Active Your Way Blog, managed by the Department of Health and Human Services, highlights the connections between the National Physical Activity Plan and the national physical activity guidelines.  This post outlines why both are necessary to create lasting change and encourages readers to use the plan within their own communities.
Call for Applications: 
Every Body Walk! Micro Grants
America Walks and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative are excited to announce their second year of Micro Grant Funding. This program will award grantees up to $1,500.00 for projects related to increasing walking and walkability.  Applications are due November 8th; learn more by checking out America Walks online.
Physical Activity Focus in Call For Progress in Health White Paper
The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors recently released a white paper addressing the need for progress in public health and the prevention of chronic diseases.  The development and implementation of comprehensive physical activity interventions are highlighted in the white paper as a particularly important opportunity for preventing chronic diseases.   
Improving America's Walkability - Stories from Small Towns 
The National Physical Activity Society recently published a series which shares stories from small towns across the nation.  Each story outlines the environmental enhancements and walking initiatives making a difference at the municipal level.   The NPAS hopes that these projects will encourage other local leaders to make changes in their communities.  
Physical Activity Initiatives in the News:
Take Meetings on the Move - 
The Benefits and How-Tos of a Walking Meeting
The Wall Street Journal examines the health and productivity benefits of taking your next work meeting on the road!  This article and corresponding video also include tips for creating the optimal walking meeting - including limiting to two people, preplanning a route, and letting others know.  Consider ways to add physical activity into your workday today.
It's Never Too Late to Start Being Active
Physical activity and aging were major focuses last month as September marked Healthy Aging month in the U.S.  While the CDC released a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report highlighting physical activity behaviors in older adulthood, the media celebrated by publishing numerous stories encouraging fitness for older adults.  This story from NPR reviews the latest publication related to the LIFE study, and encourages older adults to get walking. 
Indianapolis School Combines 
Learning and Moving
One of Indianapolis' most popular magnet school has been incorporating physical activity into large portions of the school day for the last five years.  Although public opinion, teacher experiences, and student reactions have been incredibly positive, there have been a variety of challenges.  Read the complete article to learn more about the difficulties School 19 has faced, and how they have moved forward.
How Much Does Inactivity Really Cost?
Research has long suggested that the health implications of inactivity come with significant economic costs.  But until recently, the majority of this data was reported at the population level.  This September New York Times article highlights the findings of a newly published study that examines the individual economic costs of inactivity related to cardiovascular disease.  Read the full article here.
Upcoming Webinars
Host: America Walks
Thursday, October 13th | 2:00PM EDT
Host: National Physical Activity Society
Monday, October 17th | 1PM EDT

Upcoming Events and Conferences
Bangkok, Thailand | November 16-19, 2016
Clearwater Beach, Florida | February 26 - March 1, 2017

Boston, Massachusetts | March 14 - 18, 2017
Denver, Colorado | May 30 - June 3, 2017
St. Paul, Minnesota | September 13 - 15, 2017
*Proposals due December 15th, 2016*
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