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April 2017
Updates from the Alliance:
The NPAPA signs letter of support for the PCFSN
This month the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance (NPAPA) joined several partner organizations in signing a letter to President Trump that encouraged the continued support of the President's Council for Sports, Fitness and Nutrition (PCSFN).  The letter notes the key role that the PCSFN has played in the reduction of obesity and efforts promote and support active lifestyles. The complete letter can be viewed here.

NPAP Provides New Resource for Exercise is Medicine® on Campus
The Exercise is Medicine┬« on Campus (EIM-OC) encourages colleges and universities to work actively to improve the health and wellbeing of their communities.  The program promotes physical activity as a vital sign and is currently in place at over 100 campuses worldwide. In a recent collaboration with EIM-OC, the NPAPA has created a new resource for campuses that is now available on their websiteThe resource offers several strategies, across multiple sectors, that are applicable to promoting physical activity for students and employees in college and university settings and can be used to compliment many EIM activities. 

NPAPA State Initiatives Highlighted on Be Active Your Way Blog
Late last month the NPAPA was highlighted on Be Active Your Way, a blog organized by the Office for Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.  The story covers the various ways the NPAPA supports state level physical activity initiatives including the State Liaison Network and a newly announced state physical activity plan archive project.
Recent Happenings in Physical Activity and Public Health:
Potential Physical Activity Implications of the Proposed Trump Budget
In response to the proposed White House Budget released last month several physical activity, disease prevention, public health organizations released statements expressing funding concerns and potential long term implications.  These and other related statements include: 
Step It Up! The Surgeon General's Call to Action Status Report
In an effort to understand the impact of the 2015 Surgeon General's Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities the CDC created this latest Status Report. The Status Report and accompanying slide set summarizes the baseline information related to walking and walkability, as well as selected activities done since the release to sustain the messages and promote the goals established by the Surgeon General.
New Comprehensive Tracking: PALA+ Program Integrates with SuperTacker

In March the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition announced the official integration of the Presidental Active Lifestyle Award (PALA+) into SuperTracker.  The USDA free online food and activity tracking tool now offers users the ability to use their log to complete the PALA+ program.  More information about the integration and an exciting new wellness challenge can be found here.  
What do New County Health Rankings Indicate for Physical Activity?
The 2017 County Health Rankings and Roadmaps have been released! This collaborative project of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, show how counties perform on more than 30 factors including high school graduation rates, children in poverty, access to healthy foods, and much more.  This recent TIME article uses the latest data to examine physical activity rates nationwide.  The rankings and roadmaps, found here, can be used to encourage communities to take action towards a healthier future.
APHA Encourages Collaboration through a Joint Call to Action to Promote Healthy Communities 
The American Public Health Association believes everyone deserves to live in a healthy community. Healthy communities ensure that everyone has a safe and healthy home, access to safe and healthy food, and that decision-makers consider health and equity when making transportation and land-use decisions.  The APHA and seven partner organizations have released a Joint Call to Action encouraging collaboration between public health providers and built environment professionals.  This collaboration will help to support the building and support of health communities across the U.S.   
What is a Physical Activity Practitioner?
The National Physical Activity Society explores the definition of Physical Activity Practitioner.  The blog post by executive director, Pam Eidson, relies on individual professional experiences, responses from a 2016 survey, the competencies of the PAPHS certification, and the National Physical Activity Plan to develop an answer.
Physical Activity Initiatives in the News:
TIME Health Shares 6 Reasons to Take Your Workout Outdoors

As spring blooms across the country TIME Health highlights six research-backed benefits of outdoor exercise.  Reasons include various mental and physical benefits, and even explore the economic savings of being active outside.  To read the complete story visit time.com
Reconsidering Physical Activity in Pregnancy
Both NPR and the Washington Post released articles centering on physical activity and pregnancy last month.  Prompted by the release of a new viewpoint in JAMA, each story reviews current and historical recommendations.  The Washington Post also examines the connection to increased obesity levels over the last several decades.  
New York Times Examines Why Kids Shouldn't Sit Still in Class
The NYT explores the benefits of getting kids moving inside the classroom in this March article. The author summarizes the latest science, interviews experts in the field, and includes organizations helping to create a shift in American consciousness.  
Study Suggests Dance Lessons Could Delay Memory Loss
How do older adult dance lessons impact brain structure?  Authors of a newly published study examined just that.  174 healthy older adults participated in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign study, which included a 6-month dance intervention. A brief summary of findings and future implications can be found in this Huffington post article.  
Physical Activity Webinars
Host: America Walks
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 | 2:00PM ET
 
Host: Safe Routes to School National Partnership
& Alliance for a Healthy Orange County
Thursday, April 13, 2017 | 1:30PM ET
 
Host: National Physical Activity Society
Monday, April 17, 2017 | 2:00PM ET
 
Host: America Walks
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 | 2:00PM ET
 
Host: Safe Routes to School National Partnership
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 | 1:00PM ET

Upcoming Events and Conferences
Washington DC | April 24 -25, 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
*NPAS offering 5 full scholarships to attend - Applications due May 25th*

Atlanta, Georgia | November 4 - 8, 2017
National Physical Activity Plan, 921 Assembly St., Columbia, SC 29208
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