Membership Organizations

Leadership Level Organizations

National Strategic Partners

Federal Advisory Panel


Leadership Level Organizations


American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance

The American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) is the largest organization of professionals supporting and assisting those involved in physical education, leisure, fitness, dance, health promotion, and education and all specialties related to achieving a healthy lifestyle. AAHPERD is an alliance of five national associations and six district associations and is designed to provide members with a comprehensive and coordinated array of resources, support, and programs to help practitioners improve their skills and so further the health and well-being of the American public.


American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service. With more than two million volunteers nationwide, the American Cancer Society is one of the oldest and largest voluntary health agencies in the United States.


American College of Sports Medicine

The American College of Sports Medicine is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world.  ACSM has more than 20,000 International, National, and Regional Chapter members.  They promote and integrate scientific research, education, and practical applications of sports medicine and exercise science to maintain and enhance physical performance, fitness, health, and quality of life.


American Council on Exercise

The American Council on Exercise (ACE) is a nonprofit organization committed to enriching quality of life through safe and effective exercise and physical activity. ACE protects all segments of society against ineffective fitness products, programs and trends through its ongoing public education, outreach and research. They further protect the public by setting certification and continuing education standards for fitness professionals.


American Heart Association

The American Heart Association (AHA) is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is: "Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke." The AHA's goal is to reduce coronary heart disease, stroke and risk by 25 percent by 2010.


International Health, Racquet, & Sports Club Association

The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association is the fitness industry's only global trade association. IHRSA represents over 9,750 for profit health and fitness facilities and over 740 supplier companies in 78 countries. For more than a quarter of a century, IHRSA has provided its member clubs and suppliers with an unprecedented wealth of information, research and networking to help with every aspect of running a profitable enterprise.


MEND Foundation

The MEND Foundation is a national non-profit organization dedicated to inspire children, families and adults to lead and sustain fitter, healthier and happier lives – with a focus on changing the behaviors that cause obesity.  MEND stands for Mind, Exercise, Nutrition…Do it! and the MEND Program is the world’s largest evidence-based family weight management program delivered in community settings.  Over 15,000 families in 5 countries have already benefited from participating in a MEND Program and in the US, MEND Programs are currently being offered in multiple US states and in partnership with local YMCA’s.  MEND’s family-based, multi-component programs meet the recent recommendations of the US Preventive Services Task Force for the prevention and management of child obesity.


National Academy of Sports Medicine

Since 1987, the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) has been a global leader in providing evidence-based certifications and advanced credentials to health and fitness professionals. In addition to its NCCA-accredited fitness Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) certification, NASM offers a progressive career track with access to Advanced Specializations, Continuing Education courses, and accredited Bachelor and Master Degree programs. The NASM educational continuum is designed to help today’s health and fitness professional enhance their career while empowering their clients to live healthier lives.


National Athletic Trainers' Association

The National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) is the professional membership association for certified athletic trainers and others who support the athletic training profession. Founded in 1950, the they have grown to more than 30,000 members worldwide today. NATA works to enhance the quality of health care provided by certified athletic trainers and to advance the athletic training profession.


National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF)

The National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF) is a professional, member-driven, education and credentialing organization for personal trainers and exercise science professionals. The NCSF is committed to serving the public through research, service, and advancement of the movement sciences.


NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation

NIRSA comprises and supports leaders in collegiate recreation. As college and university students develop into future leaders, NIRSA members support their learning and growth by fostering lifelong habits of wellbeing. Leadership, teamwork, dedication, and respect are among the many skills exercised by inclusive competition, fitness, and recreation. Since its founding in 1950, NIRSA membership has grown to comprise nearly 4,000 dedicated professionals, students, and businesses, serving an estimated 7.7 million students.


SPRI Products

SPRI Products, Inc. is the leading manufacturer and distributor of rubberized resistance exercise products for the health and fitness industry. SPRI designs and produces innovative rubber resistance exercise products and has led the way in popularizing rubberized resistance workouts.  As the pioneer of this simple, but effective method of strength training, toning and building lean muscle tissue, SPRI has remained on the cutting edge of today's exercise trends. SPRI continues to expand into related markets as new applications are discovered and professional and consumer interest builds. As the fitness industry continues to evolve and move toward convenience and affordability, our line of products has grown to include educational materials, instructional manuals and videos, fitness equipment and accessories.


National Strategic Partners



AARP is nonprofit and nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50 and over improve their lives. AARP's mission is to enhance the quality of life for everyone as we age. They lead a positive social change and delivering value to members through information, advocacy and service. AARP works to fulfill its vision which is a society in which everyone ages with dignity and purpose.


Action for Healthy Kids

Action for Healthy Kids is a public-private partnership of more than 60 national organizations and government agencies representing education, health, fitness and nutrition. They address the epidemic of overweight, sedentary, and undernourished youth by focusing on changes in schools to improve nutrition and increase physical activity. Thousands of volunteer administrators, educators, health professionals, parents, and others take action at the state, district, and school building levels through Action for Healthy Kids' Teams in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.


American Physical Therapy Association

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is a national professional organization representing more than 72,000 members. Their goal is to foster advancements in physical therapy practice, research, and education. APTA is the principal membership organization representing and promoting the profession of physical therapy.


Pop Warner Little Scholars

Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc. (PWLS) is a non-profit organization that provides youth football and cheer & dance programs for participants in 42 states and several countries around the world. Consisting of approximately 400,000 young people ranging from ages 5 to 16 years old, PWLS is the largest youth football, cheer and dance program in the United States. They are the only youth football, cheerleading & dance organization that requires its participants to maintain academic standards in order to participate.


Road Runnera Club of America

The Road Runners Club of America is the national organization dedicated to promoting the development and growth of running clubs, running events, and supporting the interests of recreational runners throughout the country. The RRCA strives to provide quality programming that can be replicated throughout the country by member clubs from small towns to large cities. These programs promote and support running and runners at all stages in life. The RRCA is dedicated to providing the running community with educational information and programs that will keep them safe, healthy, and informed. Furthermore, the RRCA strives to promote excellence in nonprofit management by providing services, benefits, and regular communication that supports this vision.


Trust for America's Health

Trust for America's Health (TFAH) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to saving lives by protecting the health of every community and working to make disease prevention a national priority. By focusing on prevention, protection, and the communities, TFAH is fighting to make disease prevention a national priority.


United States Masters Swimming

U.S. Masters Swimming (USMS), founded in 1970, is a membership-operated non-profit that promotes adult health, fitness, wellness and competition through aquatics. It does so by partnering with more than 1,000 adult swim clubs across the country that offer swim/fitness programs, promoting information via a bi-monthly member magazine, and sanctioning and promoting pool, open water and virtual competitions. More than 50,000 adults are registered members of U.S. Masters Swimming.


Federal Advisory Panel

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

 President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition

National Foundation on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition

National Institutes of Health

Member Information

The National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity (NCPPA) is the leading coalition in the country for promoting physical activity and fitness initiatives through national policy. We are a diverse blend of health organizations, associations, and private corporations, advocating for policies that inspire and empower all Americans to lead more physically active lifestyles.

Established in 1996, the NCPPA membership roster continues to grow as more organizations recognize the important role of physical activity in America’s fight against chronic disease and obesity. We provide an active forum for our members to share ideas and work collaboratively to increase physical activity opportunities for all Americans.

We maintain a strong and necessary voice for physical activity in Washington, DC through NCPPA staff and members working together to actively encourage federal legislators to make policy changes that promote regular activity in all facets of life. We speak directly to lawmakers and support national programs that meet our objectives, as well as host congressional briefings for members and their staff on a variety of physical activity topics including most recently, the economic benefits of physical activity. In addition, we also published the 2010 report, “Make the Move”, a 2010-2011 implementation strategy for the U.S. National Physical Activity Plan detailing the strategic priorities, visions, and goals for the first year of each sector’s implementation efforts. NCPPA now has a memo of understanding with the National Physical Activity Plan to serve as the lead organization in implementing the Plan's policy recommendations at the federal level.

We encourage all organizations—public, private, and nonprofit—to get involved in advocating for policy changes designed to engage all Americans in regular physical activity. We invite you to join us as we strive to create national initiatives that encourage Americans of all ages and from all walks of life to make moderate-vigorous physical activity a regular part of their day.

As a NCPPA member, you can collaborate and network with leaders of top-ranking organizations to strengthen your organization’s mission and outreach and influence high-profile policy recommendations in health promotion and physical activity research. You can also pioneer key and relevant research on the indisputable link between exercise and healthy lifestyles.


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