Our new address is:
1010 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 350
Washington, D.C. 20001
Phone: (202) 454-7521
Fax: (202) 454-7598
NCPPA PARTNERS WITH THE CDC TO PROMOTE ‘TWEEN PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
NCPPA has received funding from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to promote physical activity among “tweens”, youth ages 9-13. As part of the CDC funded project, NCPPA will provide technical assistance and support to state coalitions and state advocates involved in public education and media work to increase pre-teen physical activity, using messages developed by CDC’s National Youth Media Campaign, which is slated for a Fall 2002 release.
As part of the NCPPA-CDC partnership, state physical activity coalitions are invited to submit an application for grants of $500-$2,000 that support preteen focused, media-friendly outreach activities, e.g. developing a local event that ties into the Youth Media Campaign, the Physical Activity for Youth Initiative or NCPPA event, holding a press conference, developing and distributing an outreach brochure, developing posters, newsletters, videos, or websites. The grant application will be released in mid-March with awards determined by mid-April.
KAREN SILBERMAN JOINS THE NATIONAL COALITION FOR PROMOTING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Prior to accepting the Executive Director position with the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity (NCCPA), Karen Silberman worked for Association Management Group (AMG). AMG is an association management company that manages local and national trade and professional organizations. Karen’s four-year tenure included working with a variety of AMG clients. Most recently, she managed two clients — the Consulting Engineers Council of Metropolitan Washington and the American Association of Naturopathic Medical Colleges. Other clients included — Smart Card Forum, Association of Legal Administrators, Capitol Chapter, Convention Industry Council and the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Karen received her BA in Sociology from Oberlin College and her MA in Nonprofit Management from Indiana University. She began her career in social services working with the Coalition for the Homeless in Washington DC. Following her position at the Coalition for the Homeless she worked at the American Heart Association as a fundraiser. Karen’s experience with many different organizations provides her with a unique perspective on association management. She believes her strengths — organizational development, strategic planning, supporting volunteer leaders, and coalition building — will serve the NCPPA well. She is looking forward to working with the NCPPA Board of Directors and member organizations.
SUPPORT FOR PEP SEES 900% INCREASE: CONGRESS AGREES TO $50 MILLION
The House of Representatives and Senate resolved their differences on the FY 2002 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Bill this week and included $50 million for the Physical Education for Progress (PEP) Act. This is a 900% increase over the FY 2001 funding level of $5 million.
Under the provisions included in the bill, the Secretary of Education is now authorized to award grants to community-based organizations (such as Boys and Girls Clubs, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and the YMCA and YWCA), as well as local education agencies. The funds can be used to initiate, expand, and improve physical education programs for all K-12 students. PE programs must provide one or more of the following six objectives:
1) Fitness education and assessment to help students understand, improve, or maintain their physical well-being;
2) Instruction in a variety of motor skills and physical activities designed to enhance the physical, mental, and social or emotional development of every student;
3) Development of, and instruction in, cognitive concepts about motor skill and physical fitness that support a lifelong healthy lifestyle;
4) Opportunities to develop positive social and cooperative skills through physical activity participations;
5) Instruction in healthy eating habits and good nutrition; and
6) Opportunities for professional development for teachers of physical education to stay abreast of the latest research, issues, and trends in the field of physical education.
Thanks to the American Heart Association for providing this issue summary.
OVERWEIGHT AND OBESITY THREATEN U.S. HEALTH GAINS:
Communities Can Help Address the Problem, Surgeon General Says
Health problems resulting from overweight and obesity could reverse many of the health gains achieved in the U.S. in recent decades, according to a Surgeon General’s “call to action” issued today.
The report, entitled “The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity,” outlines strategies that communities can use in helping to address the problems. Those options included requiring physical education at all school grades, providing more healthy food options on school campuses, and providing safe and accessible recreational facilities for residents of all ages.
Approximately 300,000 U.S. deaths a year currently are associated with obesity and overweight (compared to more than 400,000 deaths a year associated with cigarette smoking). The total direct and indirect costs attributed to overweight and obesity amounted to $117 billion in the year 2000.
To view full report, please go to: http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/topics/obesity/
“DESIGNING SIDEWALKS AND TRAILS FOR ACCESS: PART 2”
RELEASED BY FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION
The publication “Designing Sidewalks and Trails for Access; Part 2, Best Practice Design Guide,” (Federal Highway Administration, USDOT (www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/bikeped ), Publication No. FHWA-EP-01-027, Sept. 2001) is now available in hard copy. For more information on accessible design issues and resources see the “Universal Access” chapter of our Online TDM Encyclopedia at http://www.vtpi.org/tdm/tdm69.htm.