November 2016
Update from the Alliance: 
NPAP Pleased to Announce Upcoming Report
Coming soon:  The NPAPA and several collaborating partners will release the 2016 United States Report Card on Physical Activity in Children and Youth later this month on November 16th.  The report launch will be announced through email and social media channels, so make sure to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.  

Recent Happenings in Physical Activity and Public Health:
CDC Releases First Ever Early Care and Education State Indicator Report
In October the CDC released the Early Care and Education (ECE) State Indicator report.  This first of its kind report presents information on state-level obesity prevention activities in the ECE setting and illustrates the many ways states have incorporated obesity prevention into their early child care system including key areas including licensing, quality rating and improvement systems , and professional development.  The report is designed for use by state health department staff and other key state ECE stakeholders to guide future ECE obesity prevention efforts and inform decision makers about existing policy and system supports for ECE obesity prevention in their state.  More information, and the complete report, can be found on the CDC's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity (DNPAO) website.
ACSM Reports on PA Initiatives in Congress
In an effort to support policy change at both the local and federal level the American College of Sports Medicine recently released a comprehensive Physical Activity, Sport and Health Scorecard. The Scorecard outlines the six physical activity, sport and health related issues to come before the 114th Congress.  In addition to brief descriptions of the bills and initiatives the Scorecard includes a voting record of each member.  To learn how your state representatives voted on these important issues check out the Scorecard today.
Walkability Action Institute - A Call for Team Applications
The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) in collaboration with the CDC Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity (DNPAO) seeks applications from Metropolitan Planning Organization regions, or other similar regional entities, for competitive funding assistance to support attendance at the third annual walkability action institute, entitled "Step It Up!: Action Institute to Increase Walking and Walkability."  This action institute will provide teams with the most up-to-date academic and applied learning methods, and will reinforce and support implementation of significant national public health policy statements promoting walking and walkability.  Applications are due November 30th.  Additional information, the full RFA, RFA Appendices, RFA Application Form, and frequently asked questions (FAQ) documents can be accessed here 
How to Start a Walking School Bus at Your School
Communities across the nation are starting Safe Routes to School programs to improve safety conditions and increase the number of students walking to and from school.  Walking school buses, often one of the most effective components of these initiatives, increase the number of students walking and bicycling, reduce air pollution and asthma, and give children and adults an opportunity to get some exercise and socialize, all while getting to school on time!  The newest toolkit, Step By Step: How to Start a Walking School Bus at Your Schoolfrom the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, is designed to help parents, educators, and community members plan and organize a walking school bus using adult volunteers as leaders. This step-by-step guide outlines how to plan and implement a walking school bus for your school, and includes proven tools, tips and resources for a fast and easy start.
Physical Activity Benefits Aren't Just for the Able Bodied
Late last month the NPAPA released a commentary written by Dianne Jewell, PT, DPT, PhD, FAACVPR outlining the positive effects of physical activity for those with differing physical, cognitive and sensory abilities.  She also describes the varying levels of inclusivity in several national physical activity initiatives, and encourages readers to be more creative and collaborative in an effort to create change.  Read some of the NPAPA's previous commentaries, or check out this latest commentary
NPAP Spotlight: Space to Grow Continues to Increase Opportunities for Children's Physical Activity in Chicago, IL
This month we check back in with one of our 2015 Plan Champions to see how they have continued to implement the strategies and tactics of the National Physical Activity Plan over the last year and a half.  Space to Grow, a Chicago Based non-profit transforms schoolyards into inviting and functional spaces to play, learn, garden and be outside.  These schoolyard transformations prioritize physical activity, outdoor learning and community engagement.  To date, Space to Grow has completed six schoolyards and has another three under construction, with a goal of 34 completed projects by 2019.  An early pilot study showed that Space to Grow schoolyards help increase physical activity in kids.  The organization is continuing to build on pilot research by conducting a health and wellness evaluation, an initial report is expected later this year.  In line with the socio-ecological model of health behavior, Space to Grow's initiatives work to increase opportunities for physical activity on a variety of levels.  In addition to the environmental changes, Space to Grow also conducts workshops for teachers and for community members regarding a variety of topics (including physical fitness and nutrition), hosts community events and celebrations, and collaborates with community partners.  This work exhibits many of the strategies and tactics related to sectors within the National Physical Activity Plan including Education and Community Recreation, Fitness and Parks, specifically that "Communities should improve availability of and access to, safe, clean, and affordable community recreation, fitness, and park facilities to support physical activity for all residents."  To learn more about Space to Grow visit their website.
Physical Activity Initiatives in the News:
Expanding the Exercise is Medicine Initiative in Greenville, SC

In a first-in-nation partnership the Greenville Health System, University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville, YMCA of Greenville, and the American College of Sports Medicine have joined together to implement the Exercise is Medicine initiative in a big way.  The Greenville med school initially made waves when it began requiring clinical exercise physiology throughout all four years of the curriculum. This latest collaboration has expanded the focus on activity to the community level.  The comprehensive program not only records exercise as a vital sign in patients' electronic medical records, but also allows for the prescription of exercise and direct utilization of the prescription through the local YMCA's 12-week group intervention program.  To learn more about the initiative announced last month check out this press release, news story, and launch video
Upcoming Webinars
HI-5: An In-Depth Look at Safe Routes to School
Host: Dialogue4Health
Monday, November 7th, 2016 | 3:00PM ET 
 
Host: America Walks
Thursday, November 17th, 2016 | 2:00PM ET
 
Project for Public Spaces: Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper Built Environment
Host: National Physical Activity Society
Monday, November 21st, 2016 | 1:00PM ET

Upcoming Events and Conferences
Bangkok, Thailand | November 16-19, 2016

The Wild Wild West of Qualified Healthcare:A Conference on mHealth Integration for Exercise is Medicine
Atlanta, Georgia | December 5, 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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