July 2017
Updates from the Alliance:
Webinar Explores Strategies to Achieve Health Equity with National Physical Activity Plan

The latest National Physical Activity Society webinar addressed the role of the National Physical Activity Plan in achieving health equity.  Dr. NiCole Keith, member of the Plan Executive Committee, explored the historical and potential root causes of physical inactivity among diverse groups.  She examined key questions that need to be addressed when dealing with health inequities and shared strategies and tactics from the nine sectors of the National Physical Activity Plan that can be used to achieve health equity through physical activity.  A recording of the webinar can be downloaded from the NPAS website.
Recent Happenings in Physical Activity and Public Health:
CDC MMWR Examines Walking for 
Transportation or Leisure 
A recently released MMWR found that the prevalence of walking increased steadily among U.S. women and men between 2005 and 2015.  Findings suggest that sociodemographic disparities in walking prevalence exist, with the lowest prevalences among non-Hispanic blacks and persons with a high school education or less.  Authors also include strategies to promote walking and overcome barriers.  The full manuscript can be accessed on the CDC website.
2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee to hold 4th Meeting July 19-21st

The 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee will convene its fourth public meeting July 19-21, 2017.  The meeting will include updates from all subcommittees along with the pregnancy, fitness, and youth to adult transition working groups.  Individuals can attend the sessions via live videocast.  Register here

Smart Growth America Awards Best Complete Streets Policies of 2016 
More communities passed Complete Streets policies in 2016 than ever before.  Nationwide, a total of 1,232 policies are now in place, in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia.  Smart Growth America identified 13 communities that led the nation in creating and adopting Complete Streets policies last year.  To learn more download the complete report here.
New Zealand Releases Play Guidelines for Under-5s
The New Zealand Ministry of Health recently released active play guidelines for children under five.  The guidelines, titled "Sit Less, Move More, Sleep Well" were prepared as part of the national Eating and Activity Guideline series.  These guidelines recognize the important milestones that occur from birth and five years of age, and emphasize the ways in which movement and play impact development.  They also include suggestions for practical, low cost activities that families and caregivers can do with young children.
ParticipACTION Increases Awareness of Physical Literacy

Canadian physical activity organization ParticipACTION has developed a toolkit of resources, infographics, key messages, and case studies about Physical Literacy.  Check out the complete tool kit on their website today.
New Report Examines Role of States in Transforming School Wellness Environments through Policy
This report from researchers at the University of Illinois Chicago provides historical data on state wellness policy-related laws, baseline information on state laws related to the first year of Smart Snacks regulation, and insights as to how state laws align with the provisions of the USDA's wellness policy final rule given the forthcoming implementation date. In addition, an assessment of the scope and intensity of requirements included in state laws governing the local wellness policy environment for all years, across all topic areas, and by selected state characteristics is included.
Journal of Transportation and Health Releases Special Walking and Walkability Issue

The June volume of the Journal of Transportation and Health focused specifically on Walking and Walkability.  Articles examining walking perceptions amongst low-income urban mothers, global walking behaviors, walking program interventions, measurement and assessment concerns, and complete streets policies are among the high profile walking issues included.  Check out this open access journal here.
Physical Activity Initiatives in the News:
Forbes Reviews PHIT Act Legislation
The Personal Health Investment Today Act, PHIT Act, would allow individuals to use pre-tax medical accounts to pay for physical activity expenses. This Forbes article examines the details of the bill which is currently garnering bipartisan support.
New York Times Shares How to Build Brain Power on the Playground 
The New York Times shares results of a yet to be published study examining visceral fat, physical activity and performance on a computerized attention test in children.  Findings indicate that children exposed to an exercise intervention experienced both a decrease in visceral fat and improvement in attention, information processing and impulse control tests.  The complete article can be found on the NYT website.
New NHANES data shows Teenagers are as Sedentary as 60-year-olds by age 19: Washington Times Reports

This Washington Times article highlights the newest NHANES research finding that teenagers are as sedentary as 60-year-olds by age nineteen.  Researchers used 2003-2005 and 2005-2006 cycles of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, including accelerometer data.  More information about the results can be found in the complete article.
Physical Activity Webinars
Legislative Developments on Physical Activity in 2017
Host: National Physical Activity Society
Monday, July 17, 2017 | 1:00PM ET

Host: Safe Routes to School National Partnership
Thursday, July 20, 2017 | 1:00PM ET

Research on Local Health Departments and Physical Activity
Host: National Physical Activity Society
Monday, August 21, 2017 | 1:00PM ET
Upcoming Events and Conferences
St. Paul, Minnesota | September 13 - 15, 2017

Atlanta, Georgia | November 4 - 8, 2017

Bethesda, Maryland | December 5 - 6, 2017 

Bethesda, Maryland | February 11-14, 2018
*Abstracts due August 24th, 2017*
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