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January 2017
Updates from the Alliance: 
NPAP Welcomes the New Year

Happy New Year from the National Physical Activity Alliance! 2016 was a great year for the National Physical Activity Plan, during which the NPAPA: 
None of this progress and growth would be possible without the support of the numerous NPAP partner organizations, dedicated board members, and countless other individuals - who serve on committees, develop commentaries, and assist with NPAP projects.  The NPAPA excitedly looks forward to the continued release of sector specific objectives, development of additional report cards, and new partner collaborations throughout 2017.
Objectives Added for Mass Media Sector
In December the NPAPA announced the addition of objectives for the Business and Industry sector of the National Physical Activity Plan.  The objectives indicate specific actions that can and should be taken to implement plan tactics, along with a timeline for implementation.  This month the NPAPA is excited to announce the addition of objectives for the Mass Media Sector.  Objectives can be found on the National Physical Activity Plan website.
NPAP Congratulates NPAPA Leader's New Role
Nico Pronk, a committed leader within the NPAPA, has been named the newest president of HealthPartners, an institute which he has been a part of for over 20 years.  HealthPartners Institute is part of HealthPartners, the largest consumer-governed, non-profit health care organization in the nation. The Institute is one of the largest medical research and education centers in the Midwest.  The NPAPA congratulates him on this latest opportunity.
Recent Happenings in Physical Activity and Public Health:
ACSM and NPAS Offer Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist Certification

The American College of Sports Medicine and the National Physical Activity Society collaborate to offer a unique certification for those passionate about promoting physical activity in public health.  The certification is appropriate for individuals working at the local, regional, or national level, and supports work in policy, programs, or legislation.  For more information about the certification, examination, or preparation materials check out the ACSM Certification website.
Global Observatory for Physical Activity Almanac Released 
Late last year the Global Observatory for Physical Activity (GoPA), a council of the International Society of Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH), released its first Physical Activity Almanac.  The document summarizes physical activity indicators including surveillance, policy, research, and deaths due to physical inactivity through a set of 139 graphical Country Cards.  The full document can be accessed here.
Inactivity Pandemic Story Included in Top 10 APHA Articles of 2016
In December the American Public Health Association released a list of the top 10 articles published on Public Health Newswire throughout 2016.  An article about 'The global pandemic of inactivity' by Loretta DiPietro (PhD, MPH, FACSM) was included as number nine.  Loretta DiPietro has been involved with the NPAPA over the years and even published a NPAP commentary in March of 2016 focused on physical activity policies.
Every Body Walk! 2016 Micro Grant Recipients Announced
America Walks and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative recently announced the 22 micro grant recipients for the coming year.  These projects in communities nationwide employ art, signage, social support, environmental design and other innovative means to encourage all people to walk more and engage in creating safe, accessible delightful walkable places.  Click here to learn more about this year's award winners and learn more about their unique projects.
A Billion Steps and a Billion Miles
The American Public Health Association is hosting a Billion Step Challenge leading up to National Public Health Week in April.  The three month challenge encourages organizations, families, communities, and individuals to walk more this winter.  More information, registration, step logs can be found on the APHA 1 Billion Steps Challenge Page.  Another billion goal challenge is being hosted by the New Balance Foundation, Active School Acceleration Project, and ChildObesity180 - the Billion Mile Race.  In partnership with Let's Move Active Schools the organizations are encouraging schools nationwide to promote activity within the student body this school year.  Schools can create an online profile where students can log miles and compare totals to other participating schools.  The Billion Mile Race also offers instructional videos and lesson plans that can be implemented by schools to increase activity in the community.  For more information check out:   
Second Chance to Apply for Complete Streets Consortium Series
Smart Growth America and the National Complete Streets Coalition are offering a second chance to apply for their free Complete Streets Consortium Series.  The expanded eligibility requirements now allow any three subdivisions of local government, Native American tribe, or regional government to apply.  More information and applications can be found here.  Applications are due Thursday, February 2nd. 
Physical Activity Initiatives in the News:
Looking to be Less Sedentary this Year? Recent Study Examines how to Best Break Up the Work Day
Reporting on a recent study in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity this New York Times Article discusses the benefits to breaking up the workdays with physical activity breaks.  Employees who participated in 5 minute walk breaks reported greater happiness and less fatigue throughout the day.  Read the full article today.
Modern Hunter-gatherers Encourage Living Actively
Recent research of the physical activity patterns of the Hazda people, hunter-gatherers in Tanzania, shows how active a day can really be.  NPR outlines an average day and encourages all of us to live more actively.
Physical Activity Webinars
in the New Congress and Trump Administration
Host: America Walks and Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Recording from Thursday, January 5th, 2017 | 2:00PM ET

Host: National Physical Activity Society
Recording from Monday, January 9th, 2017 | 1:00PM ET
Beyond the First Step: The Many Benefits of Walking 
Host: America Walks
Recording from Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 | 2:00PM ET

Host: America Walks
Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 | 2:00PM ET
Upcoming Events and Conferences
Clearwater Beach, Florida | February 26 - March 1, 2017

Indianapolis, Indiana | March 6 - 7, 2017

Boston, Massachusetts | March 14 - 18, 2017

Washington DC | May 10 - 12, 2017
Denver, Colorado | May 30 - June 3, 2017
World Conference on Movement
Oxford, United Kingdom | July 9-11, 2017
St. Paul, Minnesota | September 13 - 15, 2017
*Proposals due December 15th, 2016*

Atlanta, Georgia | November 4 - 8, 2017
*Abstracts to the Physical Activity Section due February 22nd*
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