May 2016
Update from the Alliance: 
NPAPA Announces Launch of Revised Plan
The National Physical Activity Plan Alliance released the new National Physical Activity Plan during several events in Washington, DC last month.  Speakers from a variety of partner organizations were there to celebrate the launch and showcase some of the important steps being taken.  The revised plan includes two new sectors and updated tactics for implementation of the various strategies. To view a recording of the April 20th Press Conference visit the NPAP website. To explore the new plan click here.

Physical Activity Initiatives in the News:
President Obama Declares May as National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
In an effort to highlight the importance of staying active President Obama declared May 2016 as National Physical Fitness and Sports Month.  The declaration features the many benefits of physical activity and sports participation - from teamwork, to boosting self-esteem, and ultimately a reduction in chronic disease.  In celebrating six decades since the establishment of the President's Council on Fitness, the current administration is encouraging Americans to meet national guidelines and make daily physical activity a priority in their lives.  To learn more about the declaration click here.
APHA Helps America Take 1 Billion Steps
The American Public Health Association initiative designed to track one billion steps continues through the end of May!  Once registered, participants can track steps manually or through their step counting devices.  APHA is offering weekly prizes and motivational support for all those stepping along.  To learn more or sign up for the challenge check out the APHA website.
SHAPE America Looks at the State of Physical Education in our Nation's Schools
Through a joint effort with Voices for Healthy Kids, SHAPE America looked to examine the state of physical education policy and practice in our nation's schools. Their Shape of the Nation report, available here, includes state level information related to time, graduation, evaluation and certification requirements related to Physical Education. The report reveals that in every state efforts are underway to promote effective, evidence-based physical education and to improve students' physical activity habits and overall health.
The Best Complete Streets Policies of 2015 are Announced
Smart Growth America recently released their The Best Complete Street Policies of 2015 report, which showcases new legislative initiatives and the top 10 implementation agencies.  Throughout 2015, communities passed a total of 82 complete streets policies, creating a total of nearly 900 nationwide.  To learn more and check out some of the great work being done, visit Smart Growth America.
Ready to Create a Healthier Community? 
The Launch of a $1.5 million Healthiest Cities and Countries Challenge

APHA, the Aetna Foundation and the National Association of Counties, in partnership with CEOs for Cities, announce the start of a multiyear program to encourage small to mid-sized cities, counties and federally recognized tribes to convene multi sector partnerships in support of positive health change. Those selected to participate will receive community seed grants and will be offered technical assistance, subject matter expertise and online educational opportunities throughout the Challenge.  Applications are due by May 31, 2016 and more information can be found here.

The Congressional Fitness Caucus signs The Congressional Commitment to Physical Activity
Last month U.S. Representatives Kind and Dold, co-chairs of the Congressional Fitness Caucus, along with U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, made a public pledge and signed 
The Congressional Commitment to Physical Activity. This commitment signifies recognition of the importance of physical activity for all Americans, and a desire to increase both awareness and opportunities within their respective districts.  The Congressional Fitness Caucus will now work to secure the signatures of all members of Congress in support of The Commitment. This is an historic opportunity to create support for physical activity and health in Congress.

The U.S. Department of Transportation Announces the Every Place Counts Design Challenge
In an effort to reconnect communities to jobs, healthcare, schools, grocery stores, and other essential services, through transportation infrastructure improvements, the DOT is offering four regional awards.  Local and tribal governments in disconnected communities are encouraged to apply.  Finalists will receive on-site technical assistance during a 2-day design session in their community.  Applicants must register by May 20, 2016 and submit applications before June 3, 2016 at 5:00PM ET.  To learn more, and to register, click here.
Physical Activity Courses: 
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. Completed applications must be submitted by May 15, 2016.

Recorded Webinars
Host: APHA Physical Activity Section
Monday, May 2, 2016 
Upcoming Webinars
Host: America Walks
Thursday, May 12, 2016 | 2:00PM ET
 
Host: America Walks
Thursday, June 9, 2016 | 2:00PM ET

Upcoming Conferences
Washington, D.C. | May 17th, 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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