Physical Activity in the News 8.30-9.5

August 30, 2013 – September 5, 2013

NCPPA Members in the News:

How Innovative School Programs Can Boost Kids' Fitness

Huffington Post, August 29, 2013

Physical education in the United States has come a long way since the one-size-fits-all regimen of jumping jacks and rope climbing that was the bane of the baby boomer generation. Today, where children learn can determine the type of fitness lessons they receive. "We have schools with rock climbing walls, Zumba classes, inline skating - amazing stuff that I would have loved to have when I was a kid," said Carly Braxton, senior program manager for advocacy at the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), a nonprofit group that promotes physical activity and education.

Physical Activity National Highlights This Week:

Every Brisk Minute Linked to Lower Risk of Obesity

Science World Report, September 4, 2013

A study conducted by researchers at the University of Utah suggests that brief episodes of higher intensity physical activity can help in preventing unwanted weight gain, which is similar to the positive effect on weight offered by the current recommendation of 10 or more minutes at a time.

Shaq's participation in Let’s Move! program draws protest

The Hill, September 4, 2013

A consumer safety group is protesting Michelle Obama’s decision to enlist Shaquille O’Neal to promote her Let’s Move! anti-obesity campaign. The retired NBA star’s line of Soda Shaq Cream Soda drinks, created in collaboration with AriZona Beverages, makes him a poor pitchman for healthy living, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

College Students Who Exercise with Friends are Less Likely to Report Poor Mental Health

News Medical, September 4, 2013

College students who exercised vigorously for 20 minutes at least three days a week were less likely to report poor mental health and perceived stress, according to a study in the American Journal of Health Promotion. However, socializing--defined in the study as having five or more friends or spending more than 2 hours a day with others--mediates this finding somewhat, revealing that some of the benefits of physical activity may come from its social aspects. Researchers at the University of Minnesota surveyed more than 14,800 students at 94 four-year colleges in the United States and asked them about their exercise habits and their moods.

Walmart Foundation Awards $1.29 Million Grant to IAH to Fund School-Based Healthy Lifestyle Initiative

Digital Journal, September 3, 2013

A $1.29 million grant from the Walmart Foundation will allow the Institute for America's Health ("IAH") to expand its celebrated, proven-effective school-based anti-obesity program to reach 30 new elementary schools in Atlanta, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. and will also fund a statewide expansion of IAH's program in the state of Alabama.

Shaquille O’Neal to help Michelle Obama push ‘Let’s Move! Active Schools’ initiative

The Daily Caller, September 3, 2013

NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal and two Olympic gold medalists will be joining first lady Michelle Obama to promote her “Let’s Move! Active Schools ” program this week, the White House announced Tuesday. Earlier this year Obama launched the school-focused initiative, aimed at encouraging more physical activity among students.

Many Deaths from Heart Disease, Stroke Could be Avoided

USA Today, September 3, 2013

About 800,000 people die each year from cardiovascular disease. But as many as 200,000 of the deaths from heart disease and stroke could be prevented if people made healthy changes including stopping smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, doing more physical activity, eating less salt and managing their high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes, says a government report out today. Although the rate of death (deaths per 100,000 people) from cardiovascular disease declined by 29% between 2001 and 2010, it's still the leading cause of death in the USA, says the report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It accounts for one in three deaths in this country.

Physical Activity State Highlights This Week:

"Move 2 Health" Campaign Kicks Off Friday

NBC29, September 5, 2013

Organizations throughout the region are calling on people to get active with a new healthy campaign. "Move 2 Health" aims to get central Virginians up, moving, and living healthier each day. To participate, you're encouraged to spend at least 30 minutes every day being active in any way you can - by biking, walking, going to the gym, swimming, or even playing outdoors.

Lawrence Starts Program to Fight Obesity

Eagle-Tribune, September 5, 2013

In Lawrence, close to 45 percent of children and about 69 percent of adults are overweight or obese, said Peter Blanchette, agent to the city’s Board of Health, which puts them at a greater risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, high cholesterol, and low self-esteem. These problems costs Massachusetts $1.8 billion in medical care, he said.

107 Ga. Schools Honored for Fighting Child Obesity

11Alive, September 5, 2013

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has announced the schools  that made the state's SHAPE Honor Roll during the 2012-13 school year. The SHAPE Honor Roll program recognizes schools that work hard to curb childhood obesity. It challenges students and teachers to make improvements  in three key areas: nutrition, wellness and physical activity.

Free Weekends at YMCA's to Combat Childhood Obesity

Seminole Heights Patch, September 5, 2013

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA — a leading voice in youth development and healthy living — wants to help families in Hillsborough and East Pasco counties live better and help prevent childhood obesity by incorporating regular physical activity and healthy eating into their daily routine. In recognition of this important month, all Tampa Y facilities will open their doors for free every weekend (Friday – Sunday).

Healthy Futures, DHSS Expect Record Participation in Activity Challenge

Anchorage Daily News, September 4, 2013

The Healthy Futures Challenge to encourage physical activity in youth will start Sept.8 with a record number of schools participating across Alaska. The Challenge invites thousands of children in 145 Alaska schools to get physically active and win prizes along the way. The Department of Health and Social Services Obesity Prevention and Control program and Healthy Futures are collaborating in the department’s Play Every Day campaign and the effort to organize physical activity challenges for Alaska elementary school students. The Play Every Day campaign encourages Alaska families and children to be physically active every day to maintain a healthy weight and sustain good health.

'Walking School Bus' Encourages Physical Activity, Safety

DesMoines Register, September 2, 2013

Mason City and other districts are exploring ways to boost student wellness in Iowa. Chris Suntken used to drive his son to school out of convenience, but he eagerly volunteered to help with a walking school bus to encourage physical activity and safety. He and another parent serve as volunteer “drivers,” guiding about 15 children along a one-mile walking route to Jefferson Elementary in Mason City.

AAA Donates $28K to Up 'Safe Routes' Patrols Around Detroit Schools

School Transportation News, August 30, 2013

The AAA of Michigan presented a $28,000 check to the Detroit Public Schools (DPS) to help expand its volunteer patrol program that helps keep children safe as they walk to and from schools and bus stops. The funds will support the district’s “Safe Routes to School” program in 14 key school zones and pay for the reflective safety vests worn by volunteers on foot patrols as well as gas cards for volunteers who drive around schools.

Ready for Recess: Changing Policy and Practice to Support Students' Physical Activity 

Sponsored Active Living Research, Public Health Institute, and Ready for Recess 

Tuesday, September 10th, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. (EDT) - in person or via webinar
1724 Massachusetts Avenue, NW 

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Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals – Professional Development Seminar: Dollars & Sense Economic, Health, & Social Benefits of Walking & Bicycling

September 9-12
Boulder, CO
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Get Your School Ready for Recess!

Sponsored by Active Living Research, Public Health Institute, and Ready for Recess

Tuesday, September 17th, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. (EDT)

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2013 Childhood Obesity Prevention Summit 

September 24-25, 2013

The Washington Hilton
Washington, District of Columbia 20009

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Webinar: Understanding and Implementing Recommendations from the IOM Report Educating the Student Body: Taking Physical Activity and Physical Education to School

Sponsored by Institute of Medicine

September 26, 2013, 2:00-3:00 p.m. (EDT)

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2013 Walking Summit 

Sponsored by Kaiser Permanente
October 1st - 3rd
Washington, DC
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Charting a New Course for School Health- Save the Date

Sponsored by the American School Health Association

October 9th - 12th  

Myrtle Beach, SC

ACE Symposium East

Sponsored by the American Council on Exercise  

October 17th - 19th  

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American Public Health Association- 141st Annual Meeting and Exposition

November 2-6, 2013

Boston, MA

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Southern Obesity Summit

November 17th - 19th

Omni Nashville Hotel

Nashville, TN

Registration now open   

US Play Coalition- 2014 Conference Value of Play: Collaboration and Creativity in Partnership with IPA/USA

February 16-19th
Madren Center at Clemson University
Clemson, SC

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