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Post date: Dec 16, 2015

Last week, President Obama signed S. 1177, the Every Student Succeeds Act, which reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and replaces the long overdue No Child Left Behind law. The bill passed the Senate and House with overwhelming bipartisan support and is a big win for physical education. 

First, the law designates physical education as a part of the well-rounded curriculum (replacing core subjects), which now makes physical education eligible for Title I funding - the largest pot of federal funding for schools. 

Second, Title IV contains a new block grant program, under which physical education programs will have access to significant funding. While this means the PEP program now officially goes away, this is not surprising as we always knew that in the end, an ESEA reauthorization would consolidate physical education money somehow and physical education maintains a strong presence of eligibility through the block grant. 

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Post date: Dec 14, 2015

Last Friday President Obama signed into law the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), or the transportation reauthorization bill. Funding for policies that provide access to sidewalks, bike paths, and Safe Routes to School was ultimately preserved – and even got a slight increase – in this five year bill. The programs now reside under the “STP Setaside” (formerly known as the Transportation Alternatives Program), and there were even some policy improvements to the programs as well. 

Given that at the beginning of this year, the House was determined to completely eliminate all of these important programs that help keep our communities active, being able not only to preserve but to get a slight bump in funding and modest changes is quite the amazing victory. 

Importantly, the five year bill and essentially programmatic status quo means that there will be seamless continuity for state and local partners for the next five years as they continue to plan... Read More

Post date: Nov 10, 2015
Check out this blog written by I-Min Lee, MD, ScD Professor of Medicine and Professor of Epidemiology at Harvard. 
 
Post date: Oct 19, 2015

CEO Pledge National Spokesperson, Dr. Jack Groppel, co-founder of the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute, sits down with Workforce to discuss building successful wellness programs and creating “corporate athletes.” 

Click the Image or this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiWXyWaxT-Y to view the interview. 

Post date: Sep 11, 2015

Washington, D.C. September 9, 2015 --

Today, the United States Surgeon General issued a call to action to address the major public health problem, physical inactivity. Step It Up! The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communitites articulates the health benefits of walking while addressing the face that many communitities unacceptably lack safe and convenient places for individuals to walk or wheelchair roll.

"Reversing the epidemic of physical inactivity will take leadership and collaboration across several sectors of society. The National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity (NCPPA) applauds the Surgeon General for his leadership in encouraging Americans to lead more active lifestyles. His efforts to promote physical activity will undoubtedly help improve the health of the American public" said Tom Richards,... Read More

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