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September 2017
Updates from the Alliance:
The 2017 United States Report Card on Walking and Walkable Communities Released

Earlier this month the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance released The 2017 United States Report Card on Walking and Walkable Communities.  This report, the first comprehensive national assessment of walking and walkability in the U.S., was unveiled as part of the national Walking Summit.  The NPAPA worked with leading experts to evaluate nine key factors related to walking and walkability in the U.S.  Baseline grades offer room for improvement, highlight states accomplishments towards the desired criteria, and illustrate data collection needs moving forward.  To learn more and download the complete report card visit the NPAPA website 
Recent Happenings in Physical Activity and Public Health:
CDC MMWR Explores Health Related Behaviors and Academic Achievement in High School Students
The CDC analyzed 2015 YRBS data to identify patterns between student's health related behaviors and reported academic achievement.  Findings indicate that "among U.S. high school students, healthy eating and physical activity were associated with higher self-reported letter grades, whereas sedentary, ... behaviors were associated with lower self-reported grades."  Read the complete report on the CDC website
Creating Safe, Active, and Healthy Communities Through Walkability
America Walks teamed up with NPAPA partner organization Active Living By Design to share 5 things that individual residents can do to create demand for walkability in their communities.  The tips can be found here on the ALBD blog.
Preparing Our Nation's Kids to be Active and Healthy
In this blog post SHAPE America High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year, Jo Bailey, outlines the importance of physical literacy.  Discussing her own personal journey, and the 50 Million Strong by 2029 initiative from SHAPE America, Bailey encourages readers to explore ways they can make a difference in their communities by making a commitment to physical literacy. 
Celebrate Go4Life Month this September
September marks the third annual Go4Life month sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and National Institute on Aging. The Go4Life Campaign encourages older Americans to get moving by offering information and resources regarding physical activity and aging. Learn more about events this month, and the program overall, in this blog post.
New Active People, Healthy Nations Resources
Active People, Healthy Nation is a national initiative by CDC and its partners. Its goal is to save lives and protect health by helping 25 million Americans become more physically active.  Two new fact sheets are now available describing the role of public health and the initiative at a glance.
SHAPE America Announces New Chief Executive Officer

SHAPE America, a NPAPA Partner organization, announced the selection of Stephanie A. Morris as the organization's new CEO.  Morris brings over 20 years of experience to the roll, including her most recent work as deputy executive director at the National Association for the Education of Young Children.  A complete press release can be found on SHAPE America's website.
Physical Activity Initiatives in the News:
Not Making the Grades in Walking and Walkable Communities Report Card
Recent articles from ACE Fitness, Physical Therapy Products, and the Source (Washington University St. Louis) highlight the September release of the U.S. Report Card on Walking and Walkable Communities and summarize the country's low grades across factors.  
Pilot Program in Arkansas Aims to Double Physical Activity in School
A new state law increases the amount of recess and physical education time for Arkansas elementary school students.  At least thirty-two schools across the state will be chosen to participate in the 2018 school year pilot.  Learn more about physical activity legislation in this story from ArkansasMatters.
NPR Reports: "Get Off The Couch Baby Boomers, Or You May Not Be Able to Later"
Highlighting a study published in the most recent Journal of Gerontology, this NPR story details the risks that come with prolonged periods of sitting, especially for adults over fifty.
South Carolina Explores Online Physical Education
A free state run program allows some students to gain high school physical education credit through an online course.  More than 2,000 students were enrolled in the 2015-2016 school year.  To learn more about the VirtualSC program read this article from the Post and Courier.
Upcoming Webinars
Host: Safe Routes to School National Partnership
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 | 1:00PM ET

Upcoming Events and Conferences
October 4-7, 2017 | Charleston, SC

Youth Bike Summit
October 6-8, 2017 | Arlington, VA and Washington, DC

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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