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The National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity's mission is to unite the strengths of public, private, and industry efforts into collaborative partnerships that inspire and empower all Americans to lead more physically active lifestyles.

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NCPPA, Inc. grew out of an exploratory meeting at the American Heart Association's national headquarters in Dallas in 1995. Representatives from more than thirty health organizations met to discuss the merits of a physical activity coalition and left in virtually unanimous agreement that such a coalition should be created. Soon thereafter, the American Heart Association, the American College of Sports Medicine, and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance accepted the responsibility for creating the coalition that eventually became NCPPA.

In 1996, NCPPA was formalized and it began to recruit other organizations as members, expanded its group of lead members and secured a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Between 1996 and 2000, NCPPA created a network of state physical activity coalitions, produced community action and media advocacy kits designed to help organizations promote physical activity and held a national news conference following the release of the Surgeon General's Report on Physical Activity and Health.

Since then, NCPPA has continued to mature. It is incorporated as a 501(c)(4) tax exempt organization and has also established a 501(c)(3) foundation. NCPPA also received a capacity building grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and moved its office and staff to Washington, D.C.

NCPPA has continued to grow, develop and evolve to become the self sustaining, productive coalition that we are today.


National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity
1150 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20036

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Board of Directors


Helen Durkin 
International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association


Pam Watts
NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation


Monte Ward
American College of Sports Medicine


Amy Callender
National Athletic Trainers' Association

Board of Directors, Member Organizations

American College of Sports Medicine – Monte Ward

American Council on Exercise – Graham Melstrand

American Heart Association – Laurie Whitsel

American Physical Therapy Association – Hadiya Green Guerrero

International Health Racquet & Sportsclub Association – Tom Scanlon

Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute – Jack Groppel

MEND Foundation – Teresa Earle

MYZONE® – Dave Wright 

National Athletic Trainers’ Association – Amy Callender

National Physical Activity Society – Pam Eidson

NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation – Pam Watts

Federal Advisory Panel Members

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition