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UPDATES & UPCOMING EVENTS
What is Goalball?
People on the street and Goalball athletes answer the question--What is Goalball?
Global School Play Day- February 3rd, 2016
Global School Play Day is for public schools, private schools, and homeschool families. Let's spread the word about the benefits of unstructured play. Together we can reverse the downward trend in childhood play that many nations have experienced since the 1950's. For more information go to: http://www.globalschoolplayday.com/.
America Walks Announces 2016 Webinar Series
Series 1: Tools for the Field
There are a wealth of resources available to the walking movement. From webinars to toolkits to step-by-step guides, these tools provide the information and guidance necessary to take the first step on the path to a walkable America. Join America Walks as it looks at some of the resources available to the walking movement, hear from experts on how best to use them and learn from real-life examples on their challenges and successes.
Webinar #2: Pedestrian Planning for Communities: A Transferable Training Program from Kentucky
Thursday February 11, 2016 at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific
Webinar #3: Exploring Tactical Urbanism
Thursday March 10, 2016 at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific
PCFSN is Accepting Nominations for Community Leadership and Lifetime Achievement Awards
Community Leadership Awards
The President's Council Community Leadership Award is given annually to no more than 50 individuals or organizations that provide or enhance opportunities to engage in sports, physical activity, fitness, or nutrition-related programs within a community. Nominations will be accepted from September 30, 2015, through February 1, 2015. Eligible nominations will be reviewed and winners determined by the President's Council members. Nominate someone online: http://wcdapps.hhs.gov/Fitness/Fitness/CommunityLeadershipAward.
Lifetime Achievement Awards
The President's Council Lifetime Achievement Award is given annually to up to five individuals whose careers have greatly contributed to the advancement or promotion of physical activity, fitness, sports, or nutrition nationwide. Factors considered in the selection process include: span and scope of career; estimated number of lives individual has touched through his or her work; legacy of the individual's work; additional awards or honors received; and references. Nominate someone online: http://wcdapps.hhs.gov/Fitness/Fitness/LifetimeAchievementAward.
The winners are announced in May during National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. If you have any questions about the awards or the nomination process, or need further information, please contact Hannah.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Health hero, Snack Man promotes nutritious snacks throughout the day. Choosing the right things to nibble on is an easy way to nourish your body and maintain a healthy eating plan. Be sure to practice wholesome snacking behaviors by keeping nutritious items with you away from home or else Snack Man will have to slap your snack!
Every Body Walk! Collaborative
America Walks is excited to announce the release of our latest report, "Walking as a Practice." This report, along with individual case studies, outlines four categories that identify how individuals and organizations across America are engaging in the practice of walking. Written and researched by Jonathon Stalls of Walk2Connect and edited by Ian Thomas, the report looks at the power that comes when we choose to walk.
Enjoy and please feel free to share with your networks: bit.ly/1U9jAnU.
This month's Every Body Walk! Collaborative theme is Walk for Your Health. The lead partners are ACSM, Kaiser and Walk2Connect. Please use the hashtag #walkforhealth
Walking is great for stress reduction and your physical, mental and cognitive health. Instead of overhauling everything on January 1, make a resolution to take regular walks. Work with your community and neighborhood to encourage others to get walking and stay healthy.
New Dietary Guidelines Support Healthy Choices for All Americans
The release of the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans addresses a lifetime of healthy eating to help prevent chronic diseases like obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, and Type 2 diabetes. The Dietary Guidelines provides a clear path for the general public, as well as policy makers and health professionals and others who reach the public, to help Americans make healthy choices, informed by a thoughtful, critical, and transparent review of the scientific evidence on nutrition. Obesity and other chronic diseases come not only with increased health risks, but also at a high cost. Healthy eating is one of the most powerful tools we have to reduce the onset of disease. The latest edition of the Dietary Guidelines focuses on three main takeaways to help Americans make decisions about healthy eating.
HHS Seeks Qualified Physical Activity Experts for the 2018 PAG Advisory Committee
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has begun planning for the 2nd edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (PAG), which is expected to be released in 2018! If you or someone you know has expertise in physical activity and health research, submit your nomination for the 2018 PAG Advisory Committee. HHS is accepting nominations until 6 p.m. ET on Friday, February 5, 2016. See the Federal Register Notice for more information.
Disabilities and Healthy Communities
Reaching People with Disabilities through Healthy Communities
We are excited to be a project partner on this exciting intiative in collaboration with the National Assocation of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Division of Human Development and Disability, Disability and Health Branch (DHB). The project purpose is to accelerate disability inclusion policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) improvements that increase access and opportunities for healthier eating and physical activity for people living with disabilities across community settings--with a principal focus on disability inclusion and accessibility.
SAVE THE DATE: Project Play Summit – May 17
It’s been a year since the release of the seminal Aspen Institute report, Sport for All, Play for Life: A Playbook to Get Every Kid in the Game, and many organizations have taken action consistent with its eight strategies for the eight sectors that touch the lives of children. At the 2016 Project Play Summit on May 17 at the Newseum’s Knight Conference Center in Washington DC, meet leaders of these efforts and discover new opportunities to build healthy communities through sport.