April 2016
Update from the Alliance: 
NPAPA Announces Upcoming Launch of Revised Plan

The National Physical Activity Plan Alliance (NPAPA) is pleased to announce the upcoming release of the new U.S. National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP) on April 20, 2016 in Washington, D.C.  This event will highlight important new elements of the NPAP and will be available via webcast at a link to be published as soon as it is available.  Connect with the NPAPA through Twitter (@NationalPAPlan) to get the latest updates 
leading up to, and during, the event.

Physical Activity Initiatives in the News:
President Obama Recognizes National Public Health Week
In celebration of National Public Health Week, April 4 - 10th, President Barack Obama issued a proclamation recognizing the value public health workers deliver to our country every day. To read the entire statement online click here.  To find out about other news and events related to National Public Health Week visit www.nphw.org.
Get Ready for National 
Bike to School Day on May 4!
Join tens of thousands of children, parents, school officials, and community leaders nationwide on May 4 for the student two-wheeling celebration of the year, National Bike to School Day. Last year, more than 2,600 schools participated - nearly a 20 percent growth from the previous year. Schools, parents and community organizations can now register 2016 Bike to School Day events online at www.walkbiketoschool.org.
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Changing the Way Schools Incorporate Recess
In collaboration with researchers at Texas Christian University, two school districts in Texas are changing the way they approach recess.  Modeled after the Finnish school day students will get four 15-minute unstructured recess periods throughout the day.  Data collection within the pilot study includes information on academic performance and student focus.  Though it took some time to get used to the new schedule, teachers are already reporting positive behavioral changes from students.  For more information about the study click here.

The 2016 County Health Rankings Examine Health Nationwide
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin released the seventh annual County Health Rankings last month.  Included amongst the 30+ factors impacting health are measures of physical inactivity and access to exercise opportunities.  The new County Snapshot feature identifies strengths and allows for comparison across counties.  More information, detailed maps, and full data downloads are available at http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/.

Building Active Cities Worldwide 
Recently published online by the Lancet, a study by the International Physical activity and Environment Network (IPEN) shows that people who live in activity-friendly neighborhoods take up to 90mins more exercise per week.  Findings were similar across countries, and display stronger relation than previous studies conducted in a single country.  The authors suggest that designing "activity-friendly" cities can be a globally-applicable solution to the inactivity pandemic.  To learn more download the
IPEN research brief, read the entire article, and join in on the conversation via Twitter with #GlobalActiveCities.

The Department of Education Announces New Grant Promoting
Physical Activity in Schools 
The new Carol M. White Physical Education Program announced by the US Department of Education will provide 23 million dollars to local educational agencies and community based organizations to initiate, expand, and improve physical education.  Participating programs must address state physical education standards and focus on both healthy eating habits and physical activity.  For information regarding requirements and application deadlines visit www.grants.gov.
Physical Activity Courses: 
America Walks Invites You to Apply to be a 2016 Walking College Fellow  
Looking for a way to gain the skills and knowledge needed to make your community more walkable?  America Walks is excited to announce the opening of applications for the second year of The Walking College.  The Walking College is an interactive, online educational program for walkable community advocates. Applications are due April 15th, learn more here
Physical Activity and Public Health Courses Returning September 2016!
The University of South Carolina Prevention Research Center is pleased to announce the return of the Physical Activity and Public Health Courses (PAPH).  Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, PAPH 2016 will mark the 20th year of successful training for researchers and public health practitioners. The PAPH course offerings feature an 8-day Postgraduate Course on Research Directions and Strategies and a 6-day Practitioner's Course on Community Interventions. The faculty for the courses is composed of nationally recognized experts in public health research and practiceThe 2016 Physical Activity and Public Health Courses will be held September 13-21, 2016 at The Hilton Columbia Center in Columbia, SC. For more information and to apply, please visit our website at www.sph.sc.edu/paph or contact Janna Borden at (803) 576-6050 or jsborden@mailbox.sc.edu. 

Upcoming Webinars
Host: Smart Growth America's National Complete Streets Coalition
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 | 1:00PM ET
 
Host: America Walks
Thursday, April 14, 2016 | 3:00PM ET

Upcoming Conferences
Atlanta, Georgia | April 26-28, 2016 
 
63rd Annual American College of Sport Medicine Meeting; 
7th World Congress on Exercise is Medicine
 Boston, Massachusetts | May 31 - June 4, 2016
 
Vancouver, Canada | September 12-15, 2016
 
Bangkok, Thailand | November 16-19, 2016
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