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Post date: Dec 13, 2016

The National Institutes of Health Common Fund announced today the first awards for the Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity in Humans Program, which will allow researchers to develop a comprehensive map of the molecular changes that occur in response to physical activity. Nineteen grants will support researchers across the country to collect samples from people of different races, ethnic groups, sex, ages, and fitness levels. The samples will be analyzed to uncover how physical activity changes the chemical molecules within our bodies, which could lead to people engaging in more targeted and optimized types of activity.

“We have long understood that exercising is beneficial to our overall health, but don’t fully understand the impact of exercise at the molecular level,” said NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. “The development of a so-called... Read More

Post date: Nov 16, 2016

The National Physical Activity Plan Alliance (NPAPA), in collaboration with their organizational partners, is pleased to announce the release of a new report assessing data from multiple nationally representative surveys to evaluate levels of physical activity and sedentary behavior in American children and youth, facilitators and barriers for physical activity and health outcomes related to physical activity, among 10 key indicators. The report shows only 21.6 percent of children ages 6-19 meet U.S. physical activity guidelines. Further, nearly 63 percent of children are exceeding sedentary behavior guidelines, which suggest no more... Read More

Post date: Sep 06, 2016

ITF president David Haggerty and USTA president Katrina Adams addressed the 9th Annual Tennis Industry Aassociation (TIA) Tennis Forum at the Grand Hyatt New York City on Monday morning, just before play began at the 2016 US Open.

Haggerty, who was elected president of the ITF last September, updated the tennis industry on global plans and initiatives to help grow the sport. Haggerty is a former USTA president and former president of the TIA.

Adams, whose two-year term as USTA president, CEO and chairman of the board ends at the end of this year, shared plans and insights about tennis in the US, renovations at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center (including the new retractable stadium roof), and the new, 102-court USTA National Campus in Orlando, Florida.

Both Haggerty and Adams also signed the CEO Pledge for... Read More

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