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March 2017
Updates from the Alliance:
NEW Legislative Update from the NPAP State Liaison Network
The latest National Physical Activity Plan State Legislative Report highlights significant physical activity legislation from across the country.  Included bills range in focus from shared use liability and mandated physical education, to public transportation funding and complete streets initiatives.  The proposal and passage of such bills directly support several strategies and tactics included in the NPAP.  

The NPAP State Liaison network, which provided information for the report, is designed to enhance the impact of the NPAP at the state level.  Liaisons work in varying capacities including positions within state health departments, community organizations, and academic institutions. Participating individuals serve as representatives for the plan within their states, and are in turn able to share innovative projects and initiatives going on in their area with the national group.
Recent Happenings in Physical Activity and Public Health:
Vital Signs Report on Arthritis in America
Released just last week the newest CDC Vital Signs report examines Arthritis in America.  According to the report "arthritis limits daily activities of 24 million adults in the United States, making it hard for them to hold a cup, lift a grocery bag, or walk to their car. And, the percentage of adults limited by arthritis continues to get worse and has increased by about 20 percent since 2002."  The report and accompanying documents suggest physical activity as a means of symptom reduction.  To learn more, read the full report and news brief, or check out this fact sheet.
Third Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee Meeting this Month

Later this month, on Thursday March 23rd, the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee will hold its third public meeting.  Online video cast attendance is encouraged, as is participation in the public comment process.    
The 500 Cities Project Launches Interactive Website
Earlier this month the CDC, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the CDC Foundation launched the 500 Cities Project.  The purpose of the project is to provide city and census tract level information related to risk factors, health outcomes, and service use for the largest 500 cities in the United States.  The compilation of small area estimates included in the project is the first of its kind and will help to inform targeted public health activities in many of America's cities.  To learn more about this new initiative check out the 500 City Project website.  
Tennessee Encourages Active Students, Active Learners

The Tennessee Departments of Health and Education are dedicated to increasing physical activity in Tennessee schools.  In pursuit of this goal a web-based suite of tools for education decision makers detailing the importance of physical activity for students has been released.  The Active Students, Active Learners website features evidence-based tools for incorporating physical activity before, during and after school.  To learn more about Active Students, Active Learners Tennessee, check out this page on the Department of Education Website.  
NCCOR Launches Measures Registry User Guides

The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research has launched four Measure Registry User Guides, designed to support the efforts of child obesity researchers.  The guides build on the NCCOR Measurement Registry, a free online repository of scientific measurement articles.  More information about the guides, which focus on four core areas of childhood obesity research, can be found here.   
Prioritizing Public Health to Build Prosperous Regions
This series of case studies from the Transportation for America (T4America) and American Public Health Association (APHA), highlights a range of strategies employed by metro area planning agencies to strengthen the local economy, improve public health outcomes, promote social equity, and protect the environment.  To learn more about these active transportation and complete streets projects check out the Transportation for America website
Curbing Summertime Weight Gain Among America's Youth

The latest Society of Behavioral Medicine position statement addressing "Curbing Summertime Weight Gain among America's Youth" encourages the adoption of policies to minimize summer weight gain in children.  Policies endorse cross sector collaboration and the support of high quality programming.  The full position statement can be read on the SBM website, along with the related infographic.  
Physical Activity Initiatives in the News:
TIME Health Reports "Not Exercising Is As Bad As Being Obese, Health Wise"

This article from TIME Health highlights a newly published Dutch study in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.  The research shows a link between overweight/obesity and heart disease, along with an exercise level protective effect.  The author is quick to point out that the large Dutch sample may not be generalizable, as the physical activity rates were much higher than we see in the U.S.  To read the complete story visit
Georgia House Approves Mandatory School Recess

Earlier this month the Georgia House of Representatives passed a bill which would mandate recess in elementary schools.  The bill encourages an average of 30 minutes of unstructured outdoor play each day for students in K-5th grade.  To learn more about the bill, which will now head to the state Senate for review, read this article from the Atlanta Journal Constitution
Physical Activity Webinars
Host: Training and Technical Assistance Center for Transformation in Communities
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 | 2:00PM ET
Host: National Physical Activity Society
Monday, March 20, 2017 | 2:00PM ET

Host: Safe Routes to School National Partnership
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 | 1:00PM ET
Host: America Walks
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 | 2:00PM ET

Upcoming Events and Conferences
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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