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
NCPPA is underway with a campaign to preserve physical education at the federal level. We have put together the following advocate letter. It is important that we coordinate our efforts here, using our collective resources as a coalition to take these messages far and wide in efforts to help save physical education.
We have been told by Members of Congress that if they don’t hear from us on the importance of dedicated funding for physical education (PEP Grants) then we will lost that funding in appropriations and once lost, it will be very difficult to ever get it back.
As a brief reminder, before the August recess, the Senate passed their ESEA Reauthorization Bill, S. 1177, the Every Child Achieves Act, with overwhelming support from both sides of the aisle, 81-17. The bill included the following physical education provisions:
1. Physical education is listed as an acceptable use in… Read More
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
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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… Read More
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