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Policy Update June 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

EEOC Releases Statement on Worksite Wellness

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)  recently published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking describing how Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to employer wellness programs that are part of group health plans.

*Members of the public have until Friday, June 19 to submit comments.

Congress Extends MAP-21 Through July

The current transportation bill, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), was set to expire in May. Congress has extended it through the end of July. Read 

Margo Pedroso Talks Safe Routes to School Policy and Programs Read 
 

House Rejects Amendment to Limit Safe Routes to Transit Read 
 

Staying Active in the 114th Congress

The Congressional Fitness Caucus is currently working on 7 physical activity related bills: FIT Kids, Healthy Choice Easy Choice for Life,  Healthy Kids Outdoors, PHIT, Physical Activity Recommendations, PLAYS, and Treat and Reduce Obesity. Please contact NCPPA for more information.