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Post date: Jul 05, 2016

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced the appointment of 17 nationally recognized experts in physical activity and health to serve on the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee. 

Over the next two years, the Committee will examine current scientific evidence on the relationship between physical activity and health outcomes and will ultimately submit evidence-based recommendations in a scientific advisory report to the Secretary of HHS. These recommendations will be considered, along with public and federal agency comments, as HHS develops the second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.

The Advisory Committee’s first meeting will take place on July 14, 8:30 – 11:30 AM and July 15, 8:00 AM – 3:15 PM. The meeting is open to the public in person at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Campus in Bethesda or via webcast.

The members of the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee... Read More

Post date: Jun 02, 2016

On May 17, 2016 the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued two rules specifying how employer-sponsored wellness plans can comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). 

The final rules, which will go into effect in January 2017, apply to all workplace wellness programs. 

The ADA final rule can be found here.
The GINA final rule can be found here.

The EEOC also published question-and-answer documents on both rules. ADA Q&A - GINA Q&A

Post date: May 03, 2016

The tennis industry became the first sports industry to endorse the new National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP) and the CEO Pledge for Physical Activity when the plan was unveiled on April 20 in Washington, D.C.

The NPAP was announced in a press conference at the National Press Club, followed by a Congressional briefing at the U.S. Capitol. During the announcement, the sport of tennis was cited by Dr. Jack Groppel as “the first of hopefully many entire sports to endorse this pledge and this plan.”

The National Physical Activity Plan is a roadmap for actions supporting and encouraging physical activity for all Americans. “The Tennis Industry Association (TIA) Board of Directors represents all sectors of the tennis industry, and in our efforts to support the NPAP and bring more activity to all Americans, we are absolutely thrilled to have the backing of the sport of tennis,” Groppel said.

Groppel, the co-founder of the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance... Read More

Post date: Apr 21, 2016

New U.S. National Physical Activity Plan Focuses on Achievements, Two New Sectors and Need for Momentum

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Washington, DC (April 20, 2016) -- The new U.S. National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP) was unveiled today at the National Press Club, building upon the initial plan that the NPAP Alliance released in 2010 as a roadmap for actions supporting and encouraging physical activity among all Americans.

In presenting the 2016 plan, Russell Pate, Ph.D., chairman of the nonprofit NPAP Alliance, said that “because of this public-private initiative, we are multiple steps closer to our initial vision: one day, all Americans will be physically active, and they will live, work and play in environments that encourage and support regular physical activity.”

Jim Whitehead, CEO of the American College of... Read More

Post date: Apr 12, 2016

The 2016 Shape of the Nation™ report provides a current picture of physical education in each state across the country.

2016 Shape of the Nation™, released April 8, 2016 by SHAPE America - Society of Health and Physical Educators and Voices for Healthy Kids, an initiative of the American Heart Association and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, shows most states are dropping the ball on keeping kids active and fit and preparing them for a healthy future. 

First compiled nearly 30 years ago, the latest status of physical education in this country was released in Minneapolis at the SHAPE America National Convention & Expo, the largest gathering of physical educators in the country. 

The 2016 survey and state policy analysis finds areas of both improvement and decline since the 2012 Shape of the Nation. A majority of states have adopted legislation, requirements or guidance for physical education programs, but most do not require a specific amount... Read More

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