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New CDC Study Shows 1 out of 4 US Adults 50 Years and Older
are Physically Inactive
Regular physical activity is vital for healthy aging. It can help delay, prevent, or manage many costly chronic diseases. Physical activity can also reduce the risk of premature death. Despite these benefits, a new study published by the CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity found that 31 million adults aged 50 and older (28%) are inactive.
Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF)- Access for Athletes 2017
Access for Athletes steps in where rehabilitation and health insurance end by providing funding grants for equipment such as sports wheelchairs, hand cycles, mono skis and sports prosthetics, and resources for training and competition expenses directly to people with disabilities and/or physically challenged individuals. Access for Athletes surmounts financial impediments to participation in sports, ensuring that challenged athletes are not left on the sidelines because they can’t afford expensive equipment or training costs.
CAF believes participating in sports not only increases challenged athletes' physical fitness and activity levels, but also enhances their confidence and self-esteem. The grants provide resources for adaptive sports equipment, sports prosthetics, training, and competition grants so that those with physical challenges can once again, or for the first time, participate in sports. The primary goal is to increase physical activity levels for people with disabilities and/or physically challenged individuals and ultimately increase independence, self-esteem, and sense of accomplishment.
Eligibility requirements include disabilities listed within the International Paralympic Committee classifications.
Deadline: December 2, 2016.
Applications are available September 1 every year and must be postmarked by December 1.
Go From Zero to Sixty. Everyday.
The President’s Council and the National Foundation announced #0to60, a national public awareness campaign to inspire all Americans to accelerate their journey to living healthy.
Over the next year, #0to60 will showcase how healthy living can be a fun & attainable reality for all Americans. For more information visit 0to60fitness.org.
2017 National Walking Summit: Call for Proposals
America Walks and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative are excited to announce the call for proposals for the 2017 National Walking Summit to be held in St. Paul, MN from September 13-15, 2017. The theme of the 2017 National Walking Summit is "Vital and Vibrant Communities: The Power of Walkability." The conference will explore how walking and walkability create engaged, thriving, and inclusive communities for all members. Walkability is at the cornerstone of creating neighborhoods that are vital and vibrant, allowing all members of a community to enjoy health, social and economic benefits in a variety of forms. To learn more and submit a proposal, click here. Submissions are due December 15, 2016.
HHS Health Policy and Communications Fellowship
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) announces the availability of a Health Policy and Communications fellowship opportunity for a recent graduate (masters or PhD) with a background in physical activity (exercise physiology), nutrition, and/or health education/communications. Candidates with previous knowledge of physical activity and/or nutrition policy or experience with health education and promotion activities will be strongly preferred. More information, including the project description, required qualifications, and application information are here:
Watching: The Gist, a news and media video source of NCHPAD!
Planning: APHA 2016 in Denver - "Creating the Healthiest Nation: Ensuring the Right to Health". Catch us at booth 1023 in the expo hall and don't miss the disability section sessions!
Regulations Broaden Who’s Covered Under ADA
The U.S. Department of Justice is issuing new regulations significantly expanding who’s covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
In a final rule published this month in the Federal Register, the agency is clarifying that those with everything from cancer to diabetes, epilepsy, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning disabilities and other conditions should be protected under the ADA.
FACULTY POSITION: DEPARTMENT OF REHABILITATION SCIENCES, THERAPEUTIC RECREATION
The Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at Temple University is seeking an enthusiastic, dedicated academic leader to join the nationally-acclaimed Therapeutic Recreation (TR) Program in the College of Public Health (CPH). We seek candidates with proven leadership to collaborate on academic innovations and interdisciplinary research. In addition to demonstrated leadership, the ideal candidate will have a strong teaching portfolio at the undergraduate and graduate level as well as a record of research and scholarship.
How To: Navigate an Airport
The experience of traveling by air in a wheelchair can be daunting, but this video has a few tips that will help you navigate the airport like a pro.