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July 2016
Update from the Alliance: 
Board Members Named to PA Guidelines Committee
The Alliance is proud to announce that three members of the NPAPA Board of Directors have been appointed to serve on the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Committee.  Both Russell Pate, PhD and David Buchner, MD, MPH are at large members of the NPAPA Board, and William Kraus, MD represents the American Heart Association on the Board. Additional advisory committee members Ken Powell (MD, MPH), Loretta DiPietro (PhD, MPH, FACSM), Peter T. Katzmarzyk (PhD), and Melicia C. Whitt-Glover (PhD, FACSM) have been actively involved with the plan in various capacities over the last several years. To learn more about the committee and upcoming meetings visit this page on the Health and Human Services website.
Article References Forthcoming Report from the  Alliance
 An article recently published by JAMA dedicated to the growing focus on walking in America mentions the Alliance's forthcoming Walking and Walkability Report Card.  The report card, currently in development with an expected release next year, will measure walking on the national level.  The JAMA article summarizes the latest research regarding walking and health outcomes, and addresses the importance of neighborhood walkability.  To learn more check out the full article here.
Recent Happenings in Physical Activity and Public Health:
Predicting the Future Walkability of 
American Cities
A new report, Foot Traffic Ahead 2016, from LOCUS and the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis at the George Washington University School of Business, looks at the future walkability of the nation's 30 largest metropolitan areas.  The research examines a variety of metrics including housing costs, access to jobs, and commercial development to understand current and future trends in walking.  To download the full report click here.  
Are Canadian Kids too Tired to Move?
In June, ParticipACTION, a Canadian based organization, announced the release of its 2016 Report Card of Physical Activity for Children and Youth.  Knowledge of the important relationship between physical activity and sedentary behavior - including sleep - encouraged the organization to include, for the first time this year's report, a sleep grade.  A full commentary and report can be found here.  
State of Play: Trends and Developments in Youth Sport
The Aspen Institute recently released the first annual State of Play Report Card, which grades areas of opportunity in making sports available to all children nationwide.  The report, which can be downloaded here, also includes exclusive data and highlights specific developments from the past year. 
The US is experiencing an Inactivity Pandemic
PHIT America produced the 2016 Inactivity Pandemic Report based on new research from the Physical Activity Council.  Although the number of physically inactive Americans declined between 2014 and 2015 the percentage of Americans meeting 'active to healthy standards' is at an all time low.  Additional figures and details can be found by downloading the complete report here.
Physical Activity Initiatives in the News:
NYC Makes Streets More Pedestrian-Friendly
This PBS News Hour Story outlines how the city of New York was able to make a major section of midtown more pedestrian and bike friendly.  The story focuses the importance of policy involvement in changing the built environment, and ultimately health behaviors. To learn more watch the video here
Exercise the Wonder Drug?
A recent "The Upshot" blog post compares exercise to a wonder drug, outlining the multitude of benefits from pain management to depressive symptoms.  The author goes a step farther to clarify the national guidelines, reminding readers of the accessibility of regular physical activity intensity recommendations. 
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New Partnership Encourages 
Walking in Nature
This article introduces the work of a unique partnership, between physicians and nature experts, introducing medical professionals to the link between time in nature and positive mental health. The partnership is using webinars to share latest research developments. The article suggests that soon your physician may be prescribing a walk in the park as a path to better health and mood.
Physical Activity Linked to Improved Scholastic Performance
With summer vacations in full swing most families aren't thinking about school routines or academic performance.  But, this LA Times article is highlighting the scholastic benefits of regular physical activity before, during and after school as discussed in the newly released consensus statement from the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
Upcoming Webinars
Host: America Walks
Thursday, July 14, 2016 | 2:00PM ET
 
#WalkinNature Twitter Chat with @americawalks
Host: America Walks, Active Living By Design and Active Living Research
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 | 2:00PM ET
 
#MoveEquity Twitter Chat
Host: Safe Routes to School National Partnership
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 | 10:00AM ET

Host: America Walks and APHA
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 | 2:00PM ET
 
Host: Safe Routes to School National Partnership
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 | 1:00PM ET
 
Host: SPORTIME® Featuring SPARK
Wednesday, August 3, 2016 | 8:00PM ET

Upcoming Conferences
Congressional Youth Sports Expo
Sponsored by the National Council of Youth Sports
Tuesday, July 12th 11:00AM - 1:00PM
2168 Rayburn House Office Building (Gold Room)
 
Athens, Greece | July 25-28, 2016
 
Vancouver, Canada | September 12-15, 2016
 
Bangkok, Thailand | November 16-19, 2016

Clearwater Beach, Florida | February 26 - March 1, 2017
Upcoming Events 
July 2016
 
July 11th - 17th
 
London, United Kingdom | July 28th
National Physical Activity Plan, 921 Assembly St., Columbia, SC 29208
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