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Post date: Aug 06, 2015

Promoting Physical Activity for Americans Act

Two weeks ago, U.S. Senators Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) introduced the Promoting Physical Activity for Americans Act, legislation that would establish physical activity recommendations for children and adults. The bipartisan legislation would call on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to issue physical activity recommendations based on the latest scientific and medical evidence every ten years. The bill also directs HHS, five years after the release of each set of recommendations, to update reports to highlight continuing physical activity issues. More

ESEA Reauthorization: Every Child Achieves Act 

Last week, the Senate passed their ESEA Reauthorization bill, the Every Child Achieves Act, with overwhelming support from both sides... Read More

Post date: Jun 16, 2015

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NIH Common Fund Launches Physical Activity Research Program

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has accepted the application for a Physical Activity Research Program within the NIH Common Fund. The program, Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity in Humans, is the largest targeted NIH investment of funds into the mechanisms of how physical activity improves health and prevents disease.

Since its inception in 2006, the Common Fund has been used to "support a series of short term, exceptionally high impact" programs, which up until now did not include physical activity. Read

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Post date: May 06, 2015

Every Child Achieves Act

In April 2015, the Senate HELP Committee began marking up a bipartisan bill, The Every Child Achieves Act. When the bill was initially presented, it included PE as a core subject, but eliminated the PEP program, which is the only source of dedicated federal funding for PE.

Sen. Baldwin offered an amendment in Committee to restore the PEP program, which was accepted without objection. The bill passed the Committee with a 22-0 vote; however, full Senate consideration is uncertain at this point. With PEP back in and PE as a core subject, NCPPA supports the Every Child Achieves Act. NCPPA circulated a sign-on letter in support of the bill.

FIT Kids Act

On April 23, 2015, Representatives Ron Kind (D-WI) and Patrick Meehan (R-PA), and Senator... Read More

Post date: Mar 04, 2015

Last week the House of Representatives began consideration of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization bill, H.R. 5, the Student Success Act. H.R. 5 eliminates the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP Grant Program) and has no other source for physical education funding. H.R. 5 is currently stalled on the House floor.

The Senate is concurrently working on a bipartisan ESEA bill and is using the public comments solicited by Senator Lamar Alexander’s (R-TN) proposed discussion draft to help aid the negotiations in the bill’s policies. Sen. Alexander’s discussion draft had physical education as an acceptable use in a consolidated grants program but no dedicated funding. NCPPA members sent a letter to Senator Alexander and Senate HELP Committee Staff member to let them know we support dedicated physical education funding. (See the ... Read More

Post date: Mar 04, 2015

On February 23-24, 2015, over 250 professionals in public health, education, government, and media attended the 2015 National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP) Congress in Washington, D.C.  The Congress opened with a keynote lecture by Dr. Wanda Jones, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in which she emphasized the importance of partnerships in promoting physical activity.  A second keynote, delivered by Mark Fenton, made the case for a focus on environment and policy changes that support physical activity as part of daily life.

One major goal of the Congress was to highlight important developments and opportunities in physical activity and public health.  Ten thematic panel sessions focused on promoting physical activity through a variety of mechanisms including federal initiatives, public-private partnerships, healthcare innovations, and state and local strategies.  Other sessions stressed the importance of... Read More

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