June 2017
Updates from the Alliance:
Objectives Added for Faith-Based Settings Sector
This month the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance is pleased to announce the addition of objectives for the Faith-Based Settings Sector.  The release of these objectives supports a continuing effort of the NPAPA to add objectives for select tactics in each sector.  The objectives indicate specific actions that can and should be taken to implement plan tactics, along with a timeline for implementation.  Objectives can be found on the National Physical Activity Plan website.

NPAPA Begins Work on Cross Sector Walking and Walkability Report
In May the NPAPA convened a small group of representatives, from several NPAP sectors, to begin work on a Cross Sector Walking and Walkability Report at the request of the CDC.  During the two day work session the team worked to identify priority strategies and tactics that will have the biggest impact on walking and walkable communities.  The group heard from experts representing rural communities, people with disabilities, the transportation industry and urban planning, and was able to apply these expert insights in their work.  Development of the report will continue throughout the summer in preparation for an upcoming release.

NPAPA Board Approves Next Steps in Collaboration with Frameworks Institute
The NPAPA Board recently voted to continue efforts towards establishing a formal collaboration with the Frameworks Institute.  The Frameworks Institute is an independent nonprofit communications organization known for the Strategic Frame Analysis(TM).  Grounded in cognitive and social sciences Frameworks conducts multi-disciplinary communications research to identify effective ways of reframing social and scientific topics.  Over the last several months the NPAPA has worked with Frameworks to identify communication needs and discuss potential collaborative solutions.  Next steps will involve refinement of a prospectus and an effort to raise the funds needed to launch the project.
Recent Happenings in Physical Activity and Public Health:
Unfit to Serve: The Latest CDC Infographic
The latest CDC Infographic outlines the impact of physical inactivity on military readiness.  Only half of adults and one quarter of youth get the recommended amounts of aerobic physical activity.   These low rates of activity increase the risk of injury among active military personnel.  Learn more about this problem here.
ACSM Presents 2017 Honor and Citation Awards
The ACSM Awards and Tributes Committee presented the 2017 Honor and Citation Awards during the annual meeting earlier this month. Honor and Citation Awards recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the fields of sports medicine and exercise science.  Longtime NPAP supporters Dr. Loretta DiPietro and Dr. Michael Pratt were among those recognized.  Other recipients included Dr. Peter Raven, Dr. Jack Berryman, Dr. Mark Hargreaves, Dr. Stephen Rice, and Dr. Robert Ross.  
Girl Trek Shares Their Message Through TED Talk
Founders of the health nonprofit GirlTrek were featured at a recent TED conference.  This innovative organization combines walking, self-care, community, advocacy, public health, and social justice in their neighborhood based walking programs for African-American women. The full TED Talk can be viewed here.
DOT Connections Blog Shares How the Industry is "Making Our Streets and Communities Safer and More Healthy"
Transportation systems impact health in a variety of ways.  This recent blog post from the Department of Transportation shares ways that the transportation sector is working to improve health and safety.  Authors note that the latest statistics indicate that there is still room for improvement, and how the growing public interest can help.
National Recreation and Park Association Expands "Meet Me at the Park" Initiative
Working alongside The Walt Disney Corporation the NRPA will be expanding the national Meet Me at the Park initiative.  This project aims to provide increased access to play spaces in local parks for children and families across the U.S.  Related applications for play space grants are due June 23rd and can be found here. Keeping the focus on parks, the NRPA has also collaborated with Safe Routes to School National Parternship to offer the Safe Routes to Parks Action Framework, available here.
Alliance for a Healthier Generation's New #GirlsAre Campaign Focuses on PA for Adolescent Girls
With the understanding that girls in the U.S. are far less active than boys, and dropping out of sports at a much higher rate, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and the Clinton Foundation have launched a new #GirlsAre social media campaign.  The campaign aims to build on the discussion surrounding girls sports participation and encourages women to share how they show their strength.  More information about the campaign can be found here, or by checking out #GirlsAre on social media.
WHO Reviews Impacts and Effectiveness of Urban Green Space Interventions on Health
As more and more urban communities work to enhance and establish green spaces, the need for reliable effectiveness information grows.  The World Health Organization summarizes the available scientific evidence, and experiences from local case studies, in the recently released a comprehensive impact and effectiveness review.  The complete report can be downloaded here.
#HowIWalk Campaign Encourages Us All to Expand How We Talk About Walking
The #HowIWalk movement is working to rebrand the word walking by challenging individual and societal perspectives.  The campaign materials promote walking as an inclusive physical activity term and show off various ways to walk. To learn more, download visuals, get access to the toolkit, and more check out www.nchpad.org/howiwalk/ today.
Be Active Your Way Blog: Five Reasons Employee Wellness is Worth the Investment
The NPAP Business and Industry sector includes strategies and tactics for increasing physical activity in the workplace.  This blog post explores five reasons why employee wellness is worth the investment. Reasons extend beyond individual health to how active employees can economically benefit all.  The full blog post can be found on the Be Active Your Way webpage.
Physical Activity Initiatives in the News:
Canadian Huffington Post Examines "Why Is It So Hard To Get People To Care About Preventing Disease?"

This piece compares the current attitude towards chronic disease to a frog's inability to detect slow boiling water.  The author encourages each of us to "Start living an active life now because, whether you realize it or not, the water is already warm."  Read more about this interesting perspective in the complete article, found here.
New Study Links 1-Hour Walks, 3 Times a Week, to Benefits for Individuals with Dementia 
Summarizing a new study, published in The British Journal of Sports Medicine, this article looks at the ways in which regular physical activity can help individuals living with dementia. The complete article can be found here
Forbes Shares "6 Science-Backed Ways Exercise Benefits The Body And Brain"
This article shares key reasons to exercise outside of the common weight loss goal.  Benefits examined include reduced dementia risk and slower aging. Read the full article on Forbes.com
TIME Reports that "Exercise Makes You Younger at the Cellular Level"
TIME Health summarizes a newly published NHANES research linking activity behaviors and telomere length.  The study found that people who exercised the most had significantly longer telomeres than those who were sedentary. The most sedentary people had 140 fewer base pairs of DNA at the ends of their telomeres, compared to the most active: a difference of about nine years of cellular aging.
Physical Activity Webinars
Host: America Walks
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 | 2:00PM ET

Host: Safe Routes to School National Partnership
Thursday, June 15, 2017 | 1:00PM ET

The US National Physical Activity Plan - Strategies to Achieve Health Equity
Host: National Physical Activity Society
Monday, June 19, 2017 | 1:00PM ET
This presentation will explore the historic potential root causes of physical inactivity among many diverse groups today. Brief examples of low physical inactivity among certain groups will be given. The presentation will conclude with key questions that should be addressed and recommended strategies used throughout the nine sectors of the National Physical Activity Plan to achieve health equity through physical activity.

Healthy People 2030 Development: An Informational Webinar
Thursday, June 22, 2017 | 12:00PM ET
Upcoming Events and Conferences
Bethesda, Maryland | June 21-23, 2017

World Conference on Movement
Oxford, United Kingdom | July 9-11, 2017
St. Paul, Minnesota | September 13 - 15, 2017

Atlanta, Georgia | November 4 - 8, 2017

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