News and information from the National Physical Activity Plan 12/2014

2015 National Physical Activity Plan Congress – 

Two months away!

One day, all Americans will be more physically active and healthier. This February, YOU can help make that happen much sooner. Inform the 2015 release of the National Physical Activity Plan by providing input, prioritizing tactics and creating strategies.

This Congress provides the opportunity to collaborate with the leadership of the physical activity community in each of the societal sectors. And, through interactive sessions and conversations become a voting delegate at the National Physical Activity Plan Congress and help move a nation. Collaborate with leaders and change agents in government, health care, business public health and research. Network, prioritize, energize, celebrate and motivate to takeaway outcomes for promoting physical activity in a wide range of settings.

The Congress will be hosted at The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. February 23-24, 2015. Learn more and register online


2015 NPAP Congress Update:

Thematic Panel Sessions Announced

The 2015 National Physical Activity Plan Congress is fast approaching and the meeting schedule will be solidified in the coming weeks. Today, the NPAPA is proud to announce two thematic panel sessions that will take place during the 2015 Congress. Join us at the 2015 Congress for these exciting sessions and much more! _________________________________________________________________

Title:             Healthcare – Innovations in Promoting Physical Activity

Moderator:   Tyler Norris, Kaiser Permanente

Panelists:     Robert Sallis, Kaiser Permanente

Edward Phillips, Harvard University

Ryan Buckholz, American Academy of Pediatrics


Leading experts in promoting physical activity will discuss current and future initiatives in the health, healthcare and community sectors.  Emphasis will be on the role of healthcare providers, systems and associations in normalizing walking and walkability. “Walking the talk” by modeling sustained behavior change, preventing childhood obesity, and advocating for increased access to safe places to be active will also be emphasized.  National movements that will be highlighted include Every Body Walk!, Exercise is Medicine, Culture of Health, Lets Move! and Designed to Move.


Title:           Wearable devices and Mobile Apps: A Game-changer for

                    promoting and understanding PA at both the individual and

                    population levels

Moderator:  Kevin Patrick, University of California San Diego

Panelists:    Eric Heckler, Arizona State University

James McClain, National Cancer Institute

Margaret McKenna, RunKeeper


The last few years have seen a veritable explosion of wearable devices and mobile apps that help individuals self-monitor their physical activity, share these data with others, and improve their overall fitness. The data captured by these devices has the potential to be beneficial not only for the individuals who gather it, but researchers and public health professionals who want to understand patterns of PA across time and among populations. This session, sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Data Exploration Project, will provide updates about innovative developments in this area.


Two great Summits following the Congress!

Are you attending the 2015 NPAP Congress?

If so, we encourage you to extend your stay in D.C. for three days and attend two summits related to child health and physical activity:

    • Project Play Summit
    • 2015 Building a Healthier Future Summit

The Project Play Summit

 The Project Play Summit, hosted by the Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program, will take place on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 in Washington D.C.

Project Play aims to create universal access to early positive experiences in youth sports. To accomplish this goal, the Summit will offer attendees a unique opportunity to share their thoughts and ideas on the subject. The Summit will also feature a panel with prominent athletes and leaders, a networking lunch, and interactive sessions on their “Sport for All, Play for Life” report, due out in January 2015.

Building a Healthier Future Summit

The 2015 Building a Healthier Future Summit, hosted by the Partnership for a Healthier America, is one of the nation’s premiere gatherings of health experts, policy makers and business and industry leaders committed to ending childhood obesity. The Summit is about action, not talk. It is about bringing leaders together in ways that will create new opportunities. It is about walking away with tangible, actionable solutions that will indeed help us to make the healthy choice the easy choice for all Americans, regardless of where they live, work or play.

Join leaders from across the spectrum of childhood obesity issues, on February 25-27, 2015 to examine what you can do to help ensure the health of our nation’s youth. Individuals attending the NPAP Congress will receive a 15% discount on the PHA Summit registration fee.


Exercise Science & Health Meeting: Spring 2015

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory recently announced their Exercise Science and Health Conference , which will take place in New York on Monday, March 9 – Thursday, March 12. The proposed meeting will assemble the leaders in this interdisciplinary field, with representation of basic research, clinical/translational science and public health.

Meeting Topics:

  • Type 2 Diabetes and the Metabolic Syndrome
  • Healthy Aging
  • Muscle Hypertrophy and Sarcopenia
  • Parental Exercise and Child Health Outcomes
  • Non-Responders to Exercise Training
  • Physical Activity and Cognition

The format of the meeting will include six oral sessions and one poster session. Each oral session will include invited speakers and speakers selected from submitted abstracts. For this reason, abstracts from accomplished junior and senior investigators are warmly invited. Junior investigators including postdoctoral fellows and graduate students are encouraged to actively participate through attendance and the submission of abstracts for consideration as oral or poster presentations.


Climate Change and Health: Event Videos Released!

Proceedings from the ACSM-hosted “A Civil Society Event on Action in Climate Change and Health” are now available online!

The event brought together a prestigious group of U.S. and international experts and panelists representing the physical activity community. A major focus was how physical activity contributes to personal and public health, a cleaner environment and economic development.

Access the videos now!

  • Overview of the Health Risks of Climate Change
  •  Panel: Diet for Sustainable Planet: Reimagining Agriculture, Food, and Nutrition Amidst Climate Change
  • Panel: Sustainable Communities, Active Lives: Active Transportation and Urban Design
  •  Panel: Clearing The Air: The Health and Climate Benefits of Cleaner Energy
  •  Closing Keynote & Summary of the Day
  • Interactive Session:  Catalyzing Action: Putting Health at The Center of Addressing Climate Change

Also, be sure to check out ACSM’s new ActivEarth initiative that was announced at the event. If you’re passionate about physical activity and share the ActivEarth vision to strengthen the environment and the economy through active transportation, you can sign up and get involved.


Free training: Health Economic Assessment Tool 

for Walking and Cycling

Free live online training for the World Health Organization’s Health Economic Assessment Tool (HEAT) for walking and cycling is still available. This tool is an online resource to estimate the economic savings resulting from reductions in mortality as a consequence of regular cycling or walking. Results from HEAT can be used as inputs to cost-benefit-analyses, comprehensive health impact assessments or to make the case for new investment.

Act fast – only four training dates remain! Click here for training dates and registration information.


Upcoming Conferences

2015 National Physical Activity Plan Congress

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center,

1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington D.C.

February 23-24, 2015

Register Today!

Project Play Summit

February 25, 2015

Washington, D.C.

Sports and Society Program

Partnership for a Healthier America: Building a Healthier Future Summit
February 25 – 27, 2015
Washington Hilton, Washington, D.C.

American Kinesiology Association Annual Conference:

The Intersection of Physical Activity and Public Health: Opportunities for Kinesiology

Charlotte, N C

January 24-27, 2015

14th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference
Baltimore, MD

January 29-31, 2015

Exercise Science & Health

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York

March 9-12, 2015

Abstracts Due: January 9, 2015

Moving Active Transportation to Higher Ground:

Opportunities for Accelerating the Assessment of Health Impacts

Washington D.C.

April 13-14, 2015

Oliver Bartzsch is an experienced medical professional with over 15 years of professional experience. With a passion for medicine, fitness, and personal growth, he is always willing to challenge himself to accomplish tasks and especially to provide accurate medical information to people. Oliver is a long-time medical editor for multiple sites. With more than 10 years of medical writing experience, he has completed over 350 projects with both individual and corporate clients.


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