CEO Pledge℠

The CEO Pledge℠

A Video Message to CEOs

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.

The CEO Pledge℠:

For the betterment of my company, our employees, their families, and our country, I pledge to improve employee health and wellness by providing opportunities and resources for physical activity before, during or after the workday, and to enhance my own health and wellness by engaging in regular physical activity.

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℠ 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


Asus Medical Group, Govindh Jayaraman


Athlete's Performance, Mark Verstegen

  B&G Services, Judy Briggs

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


The Children's Clinic, Elisa Nicholas, MD, MSPH


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


Clark Retirement Community, Inc., Brian Pangle


Clif Bar, Kevin Cleary


Club One, Inc., Robin Klaus and Bill McBride

  Club NewTone, Marc Vaughn

Coast Environmental, Chris Heitman


Coastal Supply Group, Alex Federico


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 


The Donna Krech Companies, Donna Krech


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

Executive Joy, Michael Anderson


Facial Fitness by Jaclyn, Jaclyn Welcher


Festival Foods, Mark Skogen


First Credit Services, Inc., Raj Chhabria

  Fit Kids, Cindy Anderson

Fitco, Jason Kos


Fitness4Life, LLC, Amanda J. Bundy


Fitwell - Medina Valley Fitness, Alice Diamant


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


Global Fitness Services Limited, Dr. Lionel H. Phillips


Globe University/Minnesota School of Business,
Wendy Parker


GMB Architecture + Engineering, Harm Perdok


Good Shepherd Health System, Steve Altmiller

  Goodthink, Inc., Shawn Achor

Gold Coast Giggles, Barbara Grapstein


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

  Griffin Properties, Diane Griffin

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


Illini Community Hospital, Kathy Hull


Indaco Risk Advisors, Inc., Greg Horridge


INB, Thomas Pzeigler


Innovative Commercial Environments, DeLinda Forsythe


Innovative Office Solutions, Jennifer Smith


Insite Interactive, Adrienne Palmer


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


Kubiesa Law Firm, Kenneth Kubiesa


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


Levi Strauss & Co., Chip Bergh


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

  Noise Solutions, Scott MacDonald

Norman Regional Health Systems, David Whitaker


North Dallas Chamber of Commerce, Bruce Bradford


Northstar Ceramics, Brad Potter

  Nurtur, Daniel Cave

Nutritional Consultants, Joshua Brackmann

  Octane Fitness, Dennis Lee

Office to Go, Michael O'Neal


Oklahoma City Indian Clinic, Robyn Sunday-Allen

  One Tribe 365, Barry Herbert
  OnLife Health, Danny Timblin

OPI Products, Inc, George Schaeffer

  ORCAS, Michael Mulvihill

Orlando VA Medical Centers, Tim Liezart


Ortho-Kinetics, Everett Aaberg


Page Fitness Athletic Club, Christopher Page

  Paws r us, Inc., Trudy Wisner 

Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Craig Hillemeier


Pennington Biomedical Research Center, William Ceffalo, MD


PeopleforBikes, Tim Blumenthal


Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, Margaret Sabin

  Petra Coaching, Andy Bailey

Plus One Health Management, Chris Ciatto


Precor, Rob Barker


Present Moment Health, Jennifer Hoert


Preventure, David Pickering


Professional Tennis Registry (PTR), Dan Santorum


Public Health Accreditation Board, Kaye Bender


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


Saco Sport & Fitness, Scott A. Gillespie


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


Summit Fitness Club, Denise Pascucci

  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


Verity Analytics, Jessica Grossmeier


VIDA Fitness, David von Storch


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


W.K. Kellogg Foundation, La June Montgomery Tabron


Wegman’s Food Markets, Daniel Wegman


Wellco, Scott Foster


Wellness and Prevention, Inc., Sanjay Gupta


West Michigan Environmental Action Council,
Rachel Hood

  wHY, Kulapat Yantrasast

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


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

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