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August 2017
Updates from the Alliance:
NPAPA Board of Directors Holds In-Person Annual Meeting 
Members of the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance Board of Directors gathered in Alexandria, VA last month for an in-person meeting. The full day work session allowed members to reflect about the accomplishments and growth of the NPAPA over the last 10 years. The meeting also included brainstorming and strategic planning for the future.  
Objectives Added for Healthcare Sector

As part of the continued effort to expand the content of the National Physical Activity Plan the NPAPA recently released objectives for the Healthcare sector.  The objectives indicate specific actions that can and should be taken to implement plan tactics, along with a timeline for implementation.  Objectives for this sector (along with Business and Industry, Faith-Based Settings, and Mass Media) can be found on the NPAP Website.  
Recent Happenings in Physical Activity and Public Health:
Upcoming Abstract Submission Deadline: ALR 2018
Planning on attending the Active Living Research Conference in Banff, Canada next year? The deadline for abstract submission is August 24th, 2017.  More information about the conference and submission guidelines can be found on the ALR website.
American Heart Association Summer Policy Report Includes Active Transportation 
The American Heart Association has released a policy statement on active transportation as part of its Spring/Summer Policy Report.  The statement encourages the use of equitable, evidence-based strategies to improve active transportation for all Americans as a way to increase physical activity.
New Report: Improving Public Health through Public Parks and Trails - Eight Common Measures 
The National Park Service and Centers for Disease Control recently released a report connecting park and trail planning to public health goals.  Eight common measures, including physical activity and walking access, are included.  The project is intended to provide a starting point to improving evaluation and monitoring moving forward. The complete report can be downloaded on the NPS website.  
Using Data to Improve Health Equity: Six Projects

The Pew Charitable Trust Health Impact Project funded six projects aimed at addressing health concerns in the Southern and Appalachian States.  Projects varied in focus but included walking/biking related infrastructure improvements, affordable housing, and innovative connections between arts and health.  A review of the projects can be found here.  
Rails to Trails Magazine Releases 2017 Green Issue 
The latest Green Issue from Rails to Trails, available online only, includes videos and slideshows highlighting America's trails.  The stories are designed to explore how trails interact with healthy communities, and inspire new projects across the nation.
Physical Activity Initiatives in the News:
NPR Reports: "Just Thinking You're Slacking On Exercise Could Boost Risk of Death"
Highlighting a study published in the most recent publication of Health Psychology, this NPR story explores the idea that a person's mindset surrounding their health, and physical activity behavior, can have physiological consequences.  
Teenagers are as Sedentary as 60-year-olds by age 19
A recent study published in the August issue of Preventive Medicine, and covered in this Washington Post article, suggests that physical activity appears to be highest at age 6.  The study also indicates a sharper-than-expected decline during childhood resulting in similar levels of physical activity in 19 and 60-year-old adults.  
Schools in Saudi Arabia to Offer Physical Education for Girls this School Year
This New York Times article shares the impacts of a new public policy which will allow girls, for the first time in Saudi Arabian history, the opportunity to participate in physical education within public schools.
US Preventive Services Task Force Updates Recommendation for Cardiovascular Disease
In July the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force maintained a C grade for diet and exercise counseling for normal-weight and overweight people with no known risk factors for heart disease.  This article from the Washington Post explores the impacts of this grade on insurance coverage and behavior.
Upcoming Webinars
Host: National Physical Activity Society
Monday, August 21, 2017 | 1:00PM ET

Host: Division of Population Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC and the Office of the Associate Director for Policy, CDC
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 | 2:00PM ET

Upcoming Events and Conferences
September 13 - 15, 2017 | St. Paul, Minnesota 

NPAPA Partner Organization Annual Conferences
January 26 - 27, 2018 | Aurora, Colorado
February 11-14, 2018 | Bethesda, Maryland
*Abstracts due August 24th, 2017*
March 20-24, 2018 | Nashville, TN
April 5-8, 2018 | Washington, DC
May 29- June 2, 2018 | Minneapolis, MN
American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions
June 22-26, 2018
June 26-29, 2018 | New Orleans, LA
National Strength and Conditioning Association
National Conference and Exhibition
July 11-14, 2018

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