Promoting Physical Activity

Welcome to the NCPPA’s information page. Geared for State Coalition chairs, district directors, and district representatives, this brief primer provides some basics on the NCPPA and its activities at the national and state levels.

 

NCPPA BACKGROUND
The National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity was established in 1995 to build upon the opportunities that would emerge from the release of the Surgeon General’s Report as well as other positive developments. In June, 1998, the NCPPA incorporated and filed for 501(C) nonprofit status.

 

NCPPA MISSION
The mission of the National Coalition is to unite the strengths of public, private, and industry efforts into a collaborative partnership to inspire and empower all Americans to lead physically active lifestyles to enhance their health and quality of life.

 

NCPPA MEMBERS
There are over one hundred eighty member and participating organizations in the NCPPA. As of October 14, 1990, nine of those organizations are leading members and have representation on the NCPPA Board of Directors.

Those nine organizations are:

  1. The American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
  2. The American College of Sports Medicine, which provides management services for the NCPPA;
  3. The Association for Worksite Health Promotion.
  4. The American Heart Association, which provides an NCPPA Office of Public Affairs in Washington, D.C.
  5. The National Athletic Trainer’s Association.
  6. The International Health, Racquet & Sports Club Association.
  7. The American Cancer Society.
  8. The National Association of Governor’s Councils.
  9. T he National Recreation and Park Association.

Regular not-for-profit membership in the Coalition is open to membership-based organizations that have physical activity and health as a primary mission. There are no dues for such members. Other membership categories are available for other types of organizations with an interest in physical activity and health.

 

NCPPA PROGRAMS
The National Coalition has six key initiatives:
  1. NCPPA state coalitions;
  2. health communication campaigns;
  3. political education and advocacy;
  4. behavior change campaign;
  5. Healthy People 2010;
  6. and organizational outreach.

The six major initiatives of the National Coalition, many of which relate directly to the NCPPA State Coalitions, are briefly described below:

NCPPA State Coalitions – The creation of NCPPA State Coalitions is one of the most important initiatives of the National Coalition. The State Coalitions are the key to achievement at the grassroots level, with State Coalitions being provided a range of tools, reports, alerts, and program options for effective action at the state and community level.

Health Communication Campaigns – Mass media tools and promotional kits for use by organizations at state and community levels.

Political Education and Advocacy – The NCPPA will develop and implement a federal and state legislative, administrative, and regulatory agenda for physical activity and health. NCPPA State Coalitions will be provided regular alerts, reports, and calls-to-action for issues pertinent to physical activity and health. An NCPPA Office of Public Affairs is based in Washington, D.C., and is available for information and counsel.

Behavior Change Campaign – A”turn-key” campaign to change habits of physical activity is currently being piloted.

Healthy People 2010 – The NCPPA will encourage and support relevant organizations to increase their involvement with the activity and fitness aims of the national health objectives.

Organizational Outreach – In encouraging traditional and non-traditional organizations to become involved with physical activity and health, the NCPPA will develop tools, such as lecture slide-sets, to help provide information to other organizations.

There are two major programmatic areas for all NCPPA State Coalitions: advocacy and community outreach.

 

KEY ELEMENTS OF THE NCPPA ADVOCACY PROGRAM
NCPPA advocacy programs at the State and Congressional District levels are intended to achieve a number of important items. Those include:
  • Create (or build upon an existing) advocacy infrastructure, working with NCPPA leadership in the state — such as the Chair, Co-chairs, and other District Directors — as well as other physical activity leaders and organizations in regard to advocacy activities.
  • Develop, maintain, and evaluate an advocacy plan of action.
  • Cultivate and maintain effective contacts with federal and state officials.
  • Effectively represent the views and issues of NCPPA to such officials, and be an information source for the officials.
  • Respond to NCPPA calls-to-action and alerts.
  • Advise the National Coalition of relevant proposed or pending legislation or developments in the state relevant to physical activity; consult as needed with the National Coalition’s Office of Public Affairs, and take action if warranted.
  • Practice advocacy in its broadest sense, focusing not just on the legislative branch of government, but also the executive branch and other parts; focusing not just on government, but also other aspects of the community (e.g., schools, the media, service clubs, etc.).
  • Communicate progress to the National Coalition on a regular basis.

KEY ELEMENTS OF THE
NCPPA COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAM
Similarly, NCPPA community outreach programs also will be aimed at a number of important achievements. These include:
  • Create (or build upon an existing) community outreach infrastructure, working with NCPPA leadership in the state — such as the Chair, Co-chairs, and other District Directors — as well as other physical activity leaders and organizations in regard to community outreach activities.
  • Develop, maintain, and evaluate a community outreach plan of action.
  • Cultivate and maintain effective contacts with media, community, and other opinion leaders.
  • Effectively represent the views and issues of NCPPA to such officials, and be an information source for the officials.
  • Respond to NCPPA media calls-to-action and alerts.
  • Implement NCPPA mass media health communication programs and behavior change initiatives, as well as other community outreach.
  • Practice advocacy in its broadest sense, focusing on all aspects of the community (e.g., schools, worksites, churches, the media, service clubs, etc.).
  • Communicate progress to the National Coalition on a regular basis.

Tools and resources – Before addressing the important leadership responsibilities you have as District Director, it should be emphasized that you will not work alone, but rather as part of a state and national team. Accordingly, there will be a variety of tools, services, information, and materials to assist you. These include:

  • the NCPPA Handbook on “Organizing and Operating NCPPA State Coalitions”
  • the NCPPA Handbook on “Organizing and Operating NCPPA Advocacy Programs”
  • the NCPPA Handbook on “Organizing and Operating NCPPA Community Outreach”
  • the National Coalition’s Office of Public Affairs, which will provide:
    • white papers, reports, issue updates, and alerts on federal issues
    • advice, counsel and support on state issues
  • the National Coalition Administrative Office, which will provide:
    • best-case samples of physical activity projects and programs
    • other organizational support
  • training opportunities

LOOKING AHEAD:
NATIONAL HEALTH PROMOTION DAYS AND MONTHS,
OPPORTUNITIES RELATED TO PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Month Health Promotion Event Sponsoring Organization Phone Number
February American Heart Month American Heart Association (800) 242-8721
Girls and Women in Sports Day – 1st Thursday in February Women’s Sports Foundation (800) 227-3988
March National Nutrition Month American Dietetic Association (800) 877-1600
(312) 899-0040
April World Health Day – April 7 American Association
for World Health
(202) 466-5883
May National Physical Education and Sports Week
1st Week in May
American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (703) 476-3412
National Physical Fitness and Sports Month President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports (202) 272-3424
National Bike Month League of American Bicyclists (410) 539-3399
All Children Exercise Simultaneously Day Youth Fitness Coalition (201) 433-8993
American Running and Fitness Week – 2nd week in May American Running and
Fitness Association
(800) 776-2732
(301) 913-9517
Employee Health and Fitness Day – 3rd Wednesday in May National Association of Governor’s Councils
on Physical Fitness
and Sports
(317) 237-5630
National Water Fitness Week – 4th week in May U.S. Water Fitness
Association, Inc.
(407) 732-9908
World Challenge Day –
Last Wednesday in May
Trim and Fitness International Sports
For All Association
Frankfort, Germany
Tel:
(49) 696700225
Fax:
(49) 69674906
Older Americans Month Administration on Aging (202) 619-0641
National Senior Health and Fitness Day – End of May Mature Market Resource Center (708) 816-8660
(800) 828-8225
July National Recreation and Parks Month National Recreation and Parks Association (703) 820-4940
October World Walking Day – 3rd Sunday in October Trim and Fitness International Sports
For All Association
Tel:
(49) 696700225
Fax:
(49) 69674906
American Heart Walk Event – First weekend in October National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health (301) 496-5133
November National Diabetes Month American Diabetes Association (800) 274-2237
(703) 549-1500
Patient Education Week – First full week in November International Patient Education Council (301) 948-1863
Turkey Trot events – held throughout the month close to Thanksgiving Various organizations

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Please feel free to contact the administrative, resource center and public affairs offices of the National Coalition for further clarification or any questions about this information.

 

NCPPA
P.O. Box 1440
Indianapolis, IN 46206-1440
Telephone: (317) 637-0349
Fax: (317) 634-7817
E-mail: natcoal@ncppa.org
 

 

To find your corresponding Congressional District information, please visit the American Heart Association’s Office of Public Affairs Web site. For more information, contact the NCPPA at (317) 637-0349 or e-mail natcoal@ncppa.org.

Kai Sommer ist einer von wenigen echten praktizierender Experte im Bereich Gesundheit und Medizin. Er ist bereits seit über 7 Jahren für die Artikel auf Ncppa.org verantwortlich. Seine Artikel haben einen einzigartigen Expertenstatus, was seine Leser auch sehr zu schätzen wissen.

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