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October 2017
Updates from the Alliance:
NEW National Physical Activity Plan Informational Video Released

Earlier this month the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance released a new informational video. The new video introduces the vision, history, and overarching efforts of the NPAPTo view the complete video visit the NPAPA YouTube page 
Recent Happenings in Physical Activity and Public Health:
Examining Physical Activity, Cardiovascular Disease and Mortality in High, Middle and Low Income Countries
The PURE study, detailed in a September Lancet publication, is a prospective cohort study with participants from 17 countries ranging across the income spectrum. Researchers examined cardiovascular disease and mortality. Findings indicate that higher recreational and non-recreational physical activity is associated with a lower risk of mortality and CVD events in individuals from low-income, middle-income, and high-income countries. More information on the article can be found on the Lancet webpage. 
Will Amazon's Hunt for a Second HQ End in a Walkable Place?
National attention is being paid to the hunt for Amazon's next corporate headquarters location. Last month Smart Growth America examined the potential impact of walkability in the competition to secure this coveted prize. The full blog post can be found on the Smart Growth America website.
GoPA! Worldwide Surveillance, Policy, and Research on Physical Activity and Health
A new manuscript in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health focuses on the development and activities of the Global Observatory for Physical Activity.  The paper examines data from over 217 countries and draws conclusions about surveillance, policy and research indicators worldwide. To learn more click here.
America Walks Announces Call for Community Change Micro Grant Applications
America Walks has announced the third year of community change micro grants designed to improve the public sphere for walking. This program awards up to $1,500 to fund or help to catalyze smaller-scale, low-cost projects and programs that increase the prevalence of walking, expand the diversity of people and organizations working to advance walkability, and help to make walking safer, easier, and more fun for all community members. To learn more about the grant criteria and application process check out the America Walks website.
Physical Activity Initiatives in the News:
Don't Overthink Your Exercise, an article from Vox
A recent article from Vox, recaps the latest findings of the PURE study focusing on the importance of non-recreational physical activity in reducing risk for premature death and heart disease.  The article also examines sedentary behavior, accessible behavior changes, and related environmental factors.
Headline Reads, "You can exercise yourself to death, says new study"
Summarizing a recent study published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, the New York Post explores the surprising discovery that very active white men experienced an increased risk of plaque build up in coronary arteries by middle age. The full article can be found on the New York Post website.
Too Much Time in a Chair Can Shorten Lives, Even with Exercise
Highlighting a study published in the most recent Annals of Internal Medicine, this New York Times article reviews the perils of too much sedentary time. The study is one of the first to objectively measure sedentary behavior in middle-aged and older adults.
Upcoming Webinars
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017 | 2:00PM ET

Upcoming Events and Conferences
NPAPA Partner Organization Annual Conferences
January 26 - 27, 2018 | Aurora, Colorado
February 11-14, 2018 | Bethesda, Maryland

February 21-24, 2018 | New Orleans, LA

March 20-24, 2018 | Nashville, TN
April 5-8, 2018 | Washington, DC
May 29- June 2, 2018 | Minneapolis, MN
June 22-26, 2018 | Orlando, FL
June 26-29, 2018 | New Orleans, LA
National Strength and Conditioning Association
National Conference and Exhibition
July 11-14, 2018

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