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UPDATES & UPCOMING EVENTS
Lakeshore Foundation-NCHPAD joins Let’s Move! Active Schools national collaborative
Let’s Move! Active Schools – part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative – and Lakeshore Foundation-NCHPAD announced a new partnership that will create more Active Schools environments and increase physical education and physical activity opportunities for students across the country.
“As our mission is based on the fact that physical activity is essential for individuals with disability to lead healthy, active and independent lives, we are pleased to join the Let's Move! Active Schools national collaborative to further the inclusion agenda. We are looking forward to seeing the influential outcomes of this partnership as we mobilize resources for social change in supporting inclusive physical education and physical activity environments.” – Jeff Underwood, President/CEO, Lakeshore Foundation
Lakeshore Foundation-NCHPAD joins 34 other leading health, education and private sector organizations as part of the Let’s Move! Active Schools national collaborative. These partners work together through the collective impact framework to help schools create Active School environments that provide children with at least 60 minutes of physical activity before, during and after the school day.
Specifically, Lakeshore Foundation-NCHPAD will support activities focused on inclusive physical education and physical activity environments.
National Walk@Lunch Day- April 27, 2016
2016 marks the 10th year of National Walk@Lunch Day®, which is designed to complement—not compete with—your busy lifestyle. Created to improve personal health and decrease the costs of healthcare for employers and employees, National Walk@Lunch Day is the start of your new daily walking routine, helping you to improve your health step by step.On Wednesday, April 27, local Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies, businesses large and small and state legislatures across the nation will encourage employees to wear comfortable shoes and take a walk at lunch.
Schools also are encouraged to participate in National Walk@Lunch Day by setting personal goals for students and teachers, and incorporating walking into the school day as a first step toward long-term prevention of health problems for future generations.
More information about National Walk@Lunch Day events across the country is available by visiting the Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies Plan finder and locating your local Blue Cross and Blue Shield company.
Join NCHPAD's "How I Walk" campaign to share the various ways to walk on National Walk@Lunch Day! Use the hashtag #HowIWalk in your pictures or video on social media.
Development of a Community Health Inclusion Index
A study about the Community Health Inclusion Index (CHII), a new evaluation tool for improving inclusion of people with disabilities in community health initiatives, was recently published in the BMC Public Health Journal. The information collected through the CHII can be used by public health professionals and community programs to understand the needs in their communities and develop new initiatives for improving healthy, active living among people with disabilities. The study was co-authored by the Institute on Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago; the University of Alabama at Birmingham/Lakeshore Foundation Research Collaborative; and the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
We invite you to read the key findings of this study and share this valuable tool with others. Here are a couple of sample tweets to get you started:
• Is your program inclusive? Can #PWD participate? Here is a tool to find out: http://1.usa.gov/1SqMDDJ
• The Community Health Inclusion Index (CHII) can help you include #PWD in community health programs http://1.usa.gov/1SqMDDJ
2016 Release of National Physical Activity Plan Update
Russ Pate, Ph.D., chairman of the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance, and Jim Whitehead, CEO of the American College of Sports Medicine, will unveil and explain innovative approaches and strategies of a new 2016 National Physical Activity Plan that will make a profound difference in American health. This is the second such plan in U.S. history, which builds on the first plan released in 2010. Progress at all levels of society will be highlighted, while noting new opportunities as well as challenges and their solutions. The plan provides a roadmap for actions that support and encourage physical activity among all Americans. Representatives from the American Heart Association and the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition will participate. Reflecting the multi- and cross-generational thrust of the National Plan, students from Whittier Education Campus, a public school in Washington, D.C., will lead adults in easy exercises to get people moving and demonstrate the benefits of physical activity!
SOCIAL MEDIA: Please use the hashtag #ActivityPlan2016
WEBCAST LINK: http://www.physicalactivityplan.org/launch.php
NATIONAL PHYSICAL ACTIVITY PLAN UPDATE:
The full plan will be posted at 9 a.m. EDT April 20 at www.physicalactivityplan.org
Upcoming Conferences and Events:
- ACSM Annual Meeting & Exposition - May 31 – June 4, 2016 - Boston, Massachusetts - http://www.acsmannualmeeting.org/ *See NCHPAD at booth 2626*
- Project Play Summit - May 17, 2016 - Washington, DC- http://aspenprojectplay.org/events/2016-project-play-summit
- Partnership for a Healthier America- Building a Healthier Future Summit
Building a Healthier Future Summit
May 18 – 20, 2016
Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel
Autism Awareness Month
April’s Autism Awareness Month offers the opportunity to highlight the needs of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families across the lifespan as well as the unique contributions of those living with the condition.
New CDC Web Features:
- Learn more about CDC’s new findings from the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network. New Data on Autism: Five Important Facts to Know
- Read about one woman’s experience living with ASD as an adult. Living with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Anita’s Story
Autism and Exercise Video Series:
- The National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) and the Exercise Connection launch video series, Improving the Lives of Individuals with Autism through Exercise. The goal of the series is to help parents, caregivers, educators and therapists introduce exercise to their children or students on the autism spectrum.
Free symposium about health promotion for children with autism spectrum disorder, other developmental disabilities, hosted by UMass Medical School and Tufts University School of Medicine
The Healthy Weight Research Network (HWRN), a national research network that is coordinated by UMass Medical School and Tufts University School of Medicine, will host a free symposium at the Hilton Baltimore May 11 in Maryland. The symposium will share the latest information about obesity, physical activity, and eating behavior in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities (DD).
Promoting Healthy Weight in Children and Youth with ASD/DD: Current Research and Future Directions, will be held from 1:00-4:00 p.m. To attend this free symposium, please register online by May 1.
The symposium is co-directed by Linda Bandini, PhD, RD, director of Nutrition of the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disorders (LEND) Program at UMass Medical School’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center; Carol Curtin, PhD; director of the Shriver Center’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) and LEND programs; and Aviva Must, PhD, dean of Public Health and Professional Degree Programs at Tufts University School of Medicine.
Star Wars Super Saturday!
Introducing Captain NCHPAD!
Captain NCHPAD fights issues such as: built environment accessibility, inclusive programs, and disability etiquette. Be on the lookout for regular appearances from Captain NCHPAD in our monthly newsletter and social media channels. If you have an inclusion or accessibility issue that Captain NCHPAD should know about, give us the scoop at firstname.lastname@example.org. #ThinkNCHPAD for all your accessibility and inclusion needs!