May 2015 National REACH Coalition Newsletter
"Advancing Racial and Ethnic Health Equity"

NRC Recognizes
National Physical Fitness and Sports Month        

This May, the National REACH Coalition highlights the importance of healthy lifestyles, being physically active, and participating in your favorite sports.

During May we also observe National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (May 19th) and World No Tobacco Day (May 31st). 

NRC Mission:
To Increase the capacity of underserved racial and ethnic communities across the U.S. to achieve health equity.

About Us:
The National REACH Coalition (NRC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, located in Washington D.C., that is committed to the elimination of health disparities and the achievement of health equity among racial and ethnic minorities.

Please visit the NRC Website for more information.
This NRC Newsletter Edition Features Stories On:

National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

Physical Activity Guidelines

National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
World No Tobacco Day

Save the Date from NAATPN

NRC Call for Publications

Join us during the month of May and take action for health equity with a generous donation to the National REACH Coalition Annual Fund.  Contribute to our dedicated efforts to promote, develop, and implement innovative health equity efforts in both urban and rural communities of color. 



National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

Since 2011, May has been recognized as National Physical Fitness and Sports Month.

We know that there are benefits to being physically fit. Yet, many of us are not as fit as we would like to be, usually because we have trouble making the time for regular physical activity in our busy lives. National Physical Fitness and Sports month reminds all Americans to make physical activity, sports participation and good nutrition a priority in their everyday lives.

Regular physical activity increases your chances of living a longer, healthier life, and also reduces your risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, and certain types of cancer. 

Physical inactivity and obesity are two of several factors linked to type 2 diabetes. Some population groups are also at higher risk, including a number of racial and ethnic minorities. Groups at higher risk for the disease include African-Americans, Asian-Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Hispanics, and Pacific Islanders. The Diabetes Prevention Program clinical trial, led by the National Institutes of Health, has shown that getting at least 150 minutes per week of moderate physical activity, such as brisk walking, and losing 5% to 7% of body weight can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58% in people at higher risk of the disease.


The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend that people:

• Aim for 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week. Moderate activity includes things like walking fast, dancing, swimming, and raking leaves.
• Perform muscle-strengthening activities – like lifting weights and using exercises bands – at least 2 days a week.

This month, we challenge you to get 30 minutes of physical activity every day. 

The best way to become physically fit is to find an activity you enjoy doing and gradually work it into your daily routine. Doing something that brings you pleasure can help you stick to your fitness program and reach your goals.

You can find some tips for adding more
physical activity to your daily routine at

Be sure to speak with your physician or other healthcare provider before starting an exercise program if you have any medical concerns

For more information on physical fitness visit

May 19th is National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day


National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day was first observed in 2005, established by the Banyan Tree Project, a national social marketing campaign to stop HIV/AIDS-related stigma in Asian & Pacific Islander (A&PI) communities. On this day, Organizations around the country dedicated to providing HIV/AIDS services to A&PIs host events in their communities to raise awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS-related stigma. 

According to the CDC, Did you know: 

  • The number of HIV diagnoses among Asians has increased in recent years, along with the growth of the Asian population in the United States.
  • Nearly two-thirds of Asians and nearly three-quarters of Pacific Islanders have NEVER been tested for HIV.
  • More than 1 in 5 Asians living with HIV do not know they have it.

Learn more about getting involved in observances in your community or about HIV/AIDS here.

NRC Celebrates
World No Tobacco Day 2015

Every year on May 31st, The World Health Organization (WHO), the leading global health authority within the United Nations System marks World No Tobacco Day, highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.

This year, for World No Tobacco Day, the designated theme is to stop the illicit trade of tobacco products, a theme of high relevance to all people as the illicit trade of tobacco products is a major global concern, including health, legal and economic, governance and corruption..   


Did you know that:

The global tobacco epidemic kills nearly 6 million people each year, of which more than 600 000 are non-smokers dying from breathing second-hand smoke. Unless we act, the epidemic will kill more than 8 million people every year by 2030. More than 80% of these preventable deaths will be among people living in low-and middle-income countries.

And that the illicit trade in tobacco products is harmful to people's health, especially for youth and low-income groups, due to the increased accessibility and affordability of these products due to their lower costs.

What can you do to stop the illicit trade of tobacco products:

  • Recognize the adverse health, economic and social impacts of the illicit trade of tobacco products, including the linkages with human trafficking and organized drug crime.
  • Join the WNTD awareness-raising campaign, including through social media, to amplify messages and advice that governments and WHO will be issuing to curb the illicit trade of tobacco products.
Learn more about World No Tobacco Day 2015 and the Campaign to Stop Illicit Trade of Tobacco Products here.


Source: WHO World No Tobacco Day 2015 Campaign Tool Kit

Help Build Resources for Health Equity

NRC's website provides a resource center that includes publications, articles and reports highlighting the outcomes and achievements of community led initiatives addressing racial and ethnic health disparities, developed and implemented by network partners.

You can help us continue to build the NRC Resource Center by sharing your publications, white papers, and journal articles to highlight your work.
Please feel free to submit any publication, article or report to, to be uploaded to the website.

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HELEN is a national network designed to support and strengthen health equity leadership and the exchange of ideas and information relative to the advancement of health equity in laws, policies, and programs. The HELEN forum connects health equity champions, provide timely and essential data that informs strategies and approaches at the local, state, regional and national level.

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