CEO Pledge℠

The CEO Pledge℠

A Video Message to CEOs re The CEO Pledge for Physical Activity

In this video, Dr. Jack Groppel, National Spokesperson for the CEO Pledge for Physical Activity, speaks directly to our nation's leaders about the importance of signing the Pledge.


What is the CEO Pledge℠?

The CEO Pledge is a national campaign promoted by the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity (NCPPA) to encourage every CEO in the United States to recognize physical activity as an important driver of employee health and business performance.

Why is the CEO Pledge℠ Important?

The CEO Pledge is an evidence-based strategy for promoting a culture of physical activity within an organization. Studies of employee wellness programs consistently find that executive leadership is critical to employee engagement. If employees believe that creating a culture of physical activity is an executive priority, employees are more likely to be physically active.

Why You Should Sign the CEO Pledge℠

  • Your Employees Will Be Healthier
  • Your Employees Will Be Happier and More Engaged
  • Your Organization Will Increase Productivity
  • Your Organization Will Be Better Positioned to Recruit and Retain Top Talent
  • Your Organization Will Be Publicly Recognized As A Forward-Thinking Employer and Thought Leader

Workplace Wellness Strategies

Strategies –

CEOs who sign The CEO Pledge™ agree to implement at least six of the following strategies to create a culture of physical activity in their workplace(s). A mix of strategies from each category – behavioral, educational, and environmental/policy - is encouraged.

Behavioral Support

  • Support “healthy meetings” such as stand-up or walking meetings, and/or meetings that incorporate stretching or other physical activity
  • Offer a physical activity program that includes motivational elements to inspire employees, such as employee competitions, team challenges and recognition/rewards
  • Establish a non-competitive physical activity program, such as a “buddy program” or exercise groups
  • Sponsor employee teams in organized fun runs/walks
  • Integrate other innovative and effective ideas to increase physical activity

Educational Support

  • Provide education and information to employees about the benefits of an active lifestyle
  • Invite experts to conduct regular information sessions in the workplace on physical activity-related topics 
  • Promote the health and productivity benefits of avoiding long periods of sedentary behavior (e.g. sitting at a desk for an extended period of time)

Environmental/Policy Support

  • Organize onsite fitness classes
  • Reimburse employees for purchases of fitness equipment or physical activity-related programs
  • Offer incentives for physical activity such as gift certificates for equipment and include such incentives in the employee benefit plan when appropriate
  • Provide free or subsidized public transportation passes to encourage walking as part of a daily commute
  • Give free or reduced rate memberships for bike share programs to encourage bikes as a form of transportation
  • Increase the time allowed for lunch breaks or provide flexible scheduling to allow employees to be active during the workday
  • Provide safe and clean facilities, such as showers, changing areas, and bike racks that support physical activity before, during, or after the workday
  • Provide clean, safe, and attractive stairwells and encourage their use
  • Create a map of indoor and/or outdoor walking paths that are safe, convenient, and easy to follow near the workplace
  • Offer employees opportunities to wear casual, work-out-friendly attire to work
  • Create an onsite fitness area or reimburse/subsidize the cost of an offsite fitness center membership 
  • Encourage employees to take brief activity breaks throughout the workday
  • Provide employees with the option to use “active office” furniture such as stand-up or treadmill desks, and/or stability balls

CEO Pledge℠ Testimonials

Jack Groppel, Ph. D, NCPPA’s national spokesperson for the CEO Pledge℠ initiative, speaks with Dr. Rearick on Healthy Business Radio, touting the benefits of getting America’s leaders engaged and motivating their workplaces and communities to get moving! Click here to listen 


"To promote health in the workplace, there must be consistent and visible support from leaders, beginning with the CEO,” points out Laurie Whitsel, the director of policy research at the American Heart Association (AHA), and president-emeritus of the NCPPA board of directors.


“Leadership is critical,” agrees Scott Goudeseune, the CEO of the American Council of Exercise (ACE), and president of the NCPPA’s board. “There must be clear, strong, and ongoing support, beginning with the CEO, for workplace health and wellness programs to take root.”


“This pledge may be just the catalyst required to make those work environments that encourage employees to become more active the new cultural norm,” says Helen Durkin, J.D., IHRSA’s executive vice president of global public policy.

Senior leaders supporting Johnson & Johnson CEO, Alex Gorsky, in signing the CEO Pledge at the Lake Nona Impact Forum 2013

Mary Salander, CEO of Everybody Wins! DC, poses with her staff after signing the CEO Pledge

CEO Pledge℠ Signers

CEO Pledge Signers: 

A World Fit for Kids!, Normandi Nigh

AAHPERD, Paul Roetert

AAMTRUST Mortgage, Mark T. Favaloro

AbstoneLalley, Inc., Rodney L. Abstone II

ABC Financial Services, Paul Schaller

Active Network, Dave Alberga

adaQuest, Inc, Hiram Machado  

Addison Reserve, Michael McCarthy

Affinitech, Inc., Todd Brown
Ahmann Martin, Dean Hildebrandt

Alchime Forver,Ada Polla

Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America, Walter White

Allstate, Thomas Wilson 

American Cancer Society, John Seffrin

American Cancer Society CAN, Chris Hansen

American College of Sports Medicine, James Whitehead

American Council on Exercise, Scott Goudeseune

American Diabetes Association, Larry Hausner

American Heart Association, Nancy Brown

American Medical Women's Association, 
Farzanna S. Haffizulla, MD FACP

Anytime Fitness, Chuck Runyon

 AP International, Sanjay Wadhwa

Appvion, Inc, Mark Richards

Ascent Euqity Group, Daniel Williams

ASF International, Richard Reed

ASTHO, Paul E. Jarris, MD, MBA
Athlete's Performance, Mark Verstegen
Baker College Muskegon, Lee Coggin
 Baptist Health South Floride, Brian E. Keeley

Benefitmall, Inc., Bernard DiFiore

Benson Kearley IFG, Stephen Kearley

Best of Guide, Tammany Stern

Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative, Billie Jean King

Body Bar Studios, Laurie Gatlin

Border States Electric, Tammy Miller

Bravo Wellness, Jim Pshock

Burns & McDonnell, Greg Graves
Butterball Farms, Inc., Mark Peters
California Healthcare Institute (CHI), David Gollaher
Canyon Ranch, Mel Zuckerman

Carnaval Auto, Carlos Ido

Cassidy & Associates, Gerald Cassidy

Celebrate Calm, Kirk Martin

Children's Healthcare of Altanta, Donna Hyland

Children's World Uniform Supply, Cynthia Holliday
Chuck Bauer Sales & Biz Training, Chuck Bauer

City of Norton Shores, Gary Nelund

Clif Bar, Kevin Cleary

Club One, Inc., Robin Klaus and Bill McBride

Coast Environmental, Chris Heitman

Collaborative Health Solutions, Michele L Patarino

Colleton River Plantation Club, Tim Bakels

The Community YMCA, Rhonda Anderson

Corporate Fitness Works, Allison Flatley, COO
Corporate Health Partners, Jack Curtis 

Connecticut Expos, Nick Curci

Criteo, Greg Coleman 

Cybex, Arthur W. Hicks, Jr.

D&D Leasing, Rev Dr K Bill Dost

Dansko, Mandy Cabot

Decatur Family YMCA, Paul Stanzione

Dexter Apache, Patrick D. Albregts

DFW Business Group on Health, Marianne Fazen

DigiFit, Dean Hovey

Directors of Health Promotion and Education, Susan F. Goekler

Discover Momenta, Lisa Taylor

Dominion Technologies, John Williams

Driesenga & Associates, Inc., Dan Driesenga

Dynamic Electrical Solutions, Inc, Edward Durant III

Eastman Chemical Company, James P. Rogers

Employers Association of West Michigan, Lisa Sabourin

Engaged Health Solutions, Ari Levy, MD

Ergotron, Pete Segar
Europa Sports Products, Eric Hillman

Everybody Wins! DC, Mary Salander

EveryMove, Inc., Russell Benaroya
Evive Health, Peter Saravis
Facial Fitness by Jaclyn, Jaclyn Welcher
Festival Foods, Mark Skogen
First Credit Services, Inc., Raj Chhabria

Fitco, Jason Kos

Fitness4Life, LLC, Amanda J. Bundy
Florida Blue, Pat Geraghty

Florida Department of Health in Seminole County, 
Dr. Swannie Jett

Florida Hospital Foundations, Des Cummings, Jr.
Fortuitous Publishing, Howie Severson
Franco's Athletic Club, Ron and Sandy Franco

Freed's Furniture Showcase, Howard Freed

Gabriel deGrood Bendt (GdB), Tom Gabriel

Gainesville Health & Fitness, Joe Cirulli
Gallup, Jim Clifton

Gatlin International, LLC, Stephen Gatlin

Global Prospects LLC, Jay Sweeney

Globe University/Minnesota School of Business,
Wendy Parker

GMB Architecture + Engineering, Harm Perdok
Good Shepherd Health System, Steve Altmiller
Grand Rapids (MI) Area Chamber of Commerce,
Rick Baker
Grand Rapids Art Museum, Dana Friis-Hansen

Grand Rapids Community Foundation, Diana Sieger

Graphic Armor, Adam Glickman

Greater Ottawa County United Way, Patrick Moran

HaystaqDNA, Michael Simon


HealthSource Chiropractic, Dr. Scott Miller

Healthways, Ben R. Leedle, Jr.

Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, Lisa Gable 
Healthy Weight Partnership, Inc., Teresa Earle
Heart of West Michigan United Way, Maureen Noe

Hepatitus Foundation International, Ivonne Perlaza Fuller

Herbalife, Michael O. Johnson

HERO, Jerry Noyce

Holland-Mark, Rob Waldeck

HPCareer.Net, Michaela Conley

Huffines Communities, Donald Huffines

Humor Quest, Mary Kay Morrison

HydroMassage, Paul Lunter

IDEA, Peter Davis

IHRSA, Joe Moore

Indaco Risk Advisors, Inc., Greg Horridge

INB, Thomas Pzeigler

Innovative Commercial Environments, DeLinda Forsythe
Innovative Office Solutions, Jennifer Smith
Institute for Wellness Education, Deborah Teplow
Interactive Fitness, Bill Stensrud
Integrated Architecture, Paul H. Dickinson, AIA

Ironwood Country Club, Josh Tanner

Jasmahn Energy Consulting, Josh Stern

Jersey Mike's Subs, Peter Cancro 

John's Island Club, Brian Kroh, CCM, ECM

John's Island Club, David Colclough, CCM

Johnson & Johnson, Alex Gorsky
Joslin Diabetes Center, Harvard, John Brooks

J-W Energy Company, Grover Gene Gradick

Karelia Health, John E. Carew

KEAS, Josh Stevens

L&T Health and Fitness, Susan Liebenow

Lake Nona, Jim Zboril
Lake Nona Institute, Thad Seymour, Ph.D

Lakewood Country Club, Eric Dietz, CCM/PGA

Landmark Services, Mark Landry
League of American Bicylists, Andy Clarke
Lemon Muse, Erika Monreal

Life Fitness, Chris Clawson

Lifescan, a Johnson & Johnson Co., Vivian Wang

Lifetrack, Trixie Girtz Goldberg

Lifted Fog, LLC, Sue Stevenson

Lincoln Industries, Marc Le Baron

Lone Star Valet, Michael Tatum

Lott3 Metz Architecture, LLC, Ted Lott, AIA

M&A Technology, Inc., Magdy Elwany

MaineGeneral Health, Chuck Hays
Mandala Global Advisors, Ana Dutra

Mary Kay Inc., David Holl

Medical City Dallas Hospital, Erol Akdumar

MEND, Harry MacMillan

Men In Kilts, Judy Allison-Briggs

MG McGrath, Inc., Mike McGrath

Mike Hannah & Associates, Mike Hannah

Mizner Country Club, Larry Savvides

MOSSA, Rich Boggs

Motionsoft, Al Noshirvani

Munn & Morris Financial Advisors, Irv Munn

Murex LLC, Robert Wright

Muskegon Community College, 

Muskegon Family YMCA, Bruce Spoelman 

MY ZONE, Mike Leveque

National Academy of Sports Medicine, Michael Clark

National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors, Julie M. Scofield

National Athletic Trainers, Eve Becker-Doyle

National Council on Strength & Fitness, Brian Biagioli

National Indian Health Board, Liz Heintzman

National Network of Public Health Institutes, Vincent Lafronza

Nemours Children's Hospital Orlando, Roger Oxendale

The Nice Life, LLC, Mandy Nice

NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation, Pam Watts

Norman Regional Health Systems, David Whitaker

North Dallas Chamber of Commerce, Bruce Bradford

Northstar Ceramics, Brad Potter

Nurtur, Daniel Cave

Octane Fitness, Dennis Lee

Office to Go, Michael O'Neal

Oklahoma City Indian Clinic, Robyn Sunday-Allen

One Tribe 365, Barry Herbert

OPI Products, Inc, George Schaeffer

ORCAS, Michael Mulvihill
Orlando VA Medical Centers, Tim Liezart

Ortho-Kinetics, Everett Aaberg

PeopleforBikes, Tim Blumenthal

Plus One Health Management, Chris Ciatto

Precor, Rob Barker

Present Moment Health, Jennifer Hoert

Preventure, David Pickering

Professional Tennis Registry (PTR), Dan Santorum

R4 Holdings, LP, John Stubbs

Rainer Capital Management, Kenneth Dunn

REACHUP Inc., Estrellita “Lo” Berry, MA

Ripon Truck Repair and Equipment, LLC, Kevin Lieske

Riskey Business Solutions, LLC, Steven Riskey

RivalHealth, Peter Durand

Road Runners Club of America, Jean Knaak

Robert W. Baird & Co, Paul Parcell

Rutherfoord, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC, John Stanchina

Samueli Institute, Wayne B. Jonas

San ten Inc., Naveed Shams MD, PhD

Sanofi, Greg Irace

SeyferthPR, Ginny Seyferth

SFM Mutual Insurance Company, Bob Lund
Share Care, Jeff Arnold

Sheer Print Solutions, Craig Sheer

Sidock Group, Inc., William Sidock

SKS, Inc., Andrew Thweatt

Slosburg Company/ Richdale Group, Richard Slosburg

Smith Protective Service, Inc., Mark Smith

Smoothie King Gallatin, Sherri Smith

Society for Public Health Education, Elaine Auld

Spa MD and Laser Center, Michael Woodruff

SPRI, Herb Flentye

Spring Island, Tom Noyes

St. Mark's Preschool, Barbara Levesque

StayWell Health Management, Paul Terry

Straub Construction, Rick Straub

Studio Crowley, Michael Wm. Hall

Synergy, Heidi Hanna

Synergy Sports Rehab, Richard Hare

Tavistock Group, Rasesh Thakkar

TDIndustries, Harold MacDowell

TELOS Consulting, Brent Darden

The Atlantic Club, Pat Laus 

The Club at Mediterra, Tom Wallace

The Country Club at Mirasol, Matt Lambert, CCM

The Cradle, Julie Tye
The Design Forum, Neale Bauman
The Dicks + Nanton Celebrity Branding Agency, Nick Nanton

The Holbrook Company, Inc., John Holbrook

The McCahill Group, Peaches McCahill

The Nemours Foundation, David Bailey, MD

The Plexus Groupe, Walter Fawcett III

The Reserve Club, Craig Surdy, CCM, CCE 

The Resource Group, Larry Phillips

The Schwan Food Company, Dimitrios Smyrnios

The Sports and Fitness Industry Association, Tom Cove

TML Multistate Integovernmental Employee Benefits Pool, Susan Smith
Total Gym, Jesse Campanaro

Total Wellness, Alan Kohll

TowerPinkster, Arnold Mikon

Town & Country Club, Vincent J.C. Tracy, CCM, CCE

Trop Apps Software, Michael A. Trautt

Trust for America's Health, Jeff Levi

Ultima Real Estate, Paul Bermudez

United States Professional Tennis Association, 
John R. Embree

United States Tennis Association, Dave Haggerty
United Way of the Lakeshore, Inc., Christine J. Robere
University of Central Florida, John Hitt
University of Central Florida, College of Medicine, Deborah German, MD

University of Louisville, James R. Ramsey

University of Miami, Dr. Donna E. Shalala

US Healthiest, Nick Baird

USA Triathlon, Rob Urbach

Variable Solutions, LLC, KaraAnn McRae Clouse
Venn Squared Communications, Michael Meehan

Venn Strategies, Stephanie Silverman

VIDA Fitness, David von Storch

Vitruvian Biomedical, Inc., Arthur P. Bollon, Ph.D

Wegman’s Food Markets, Daniel Wegman

Wellco, Scott Foster

Wellness and Prevention, Inc., Sanjay Gupta

West Michigan Environmental Action Council,
Rachel Hood
Wondergem Consulting Inc., Tim Wondergem 

Woodfield Country Club, Eben Molloy

World Team Tennis, Ilana Kloss

YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids, Ron Nelson
YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, Dorri C. McWhorter
ZJ Boarding House, Mikke Pierson
Zogics, LLC, Paul LeBlanc

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