NCPPA Hosts Congressional Reception to Honor CEOs
WASHINGTON, DC – (September 24, 2012) Chief executive officers of more than two dozen corporations and organizations pledged to engage their employees and themselves in physical activity September 24 as part of a nationwide campaign launched today by the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity.
The CEO Pledge states:
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.
NCPPA President Laurie Whitsel told CEOs assembled at a Capitol Hill ceremony to honor those who signed that, “To promote health in the workplace, there must be consistent and visible support from leaders, beginning with the CEO.”
“Research studies show that overall employee happiness and productivity are enhanced by daily exercise, especially when accessibility and support to exercise come from within the corporate environment,” she added.
CEOs of the following companies signed the CEO Pledge: Active Network, Eastman Chemical Co, Lincoln Industries, AAHPERD, American Council on Exercise, American College of Sports Medicine, American Heart Association, Body Training Systems, HPCareer.Net, IDEA Health & Fitness Association, International Health Racquet & Sportsclub Association, L&T Health and Fitness, MEND Foundation, MyZone, National Academy of Sports Medicine, National Athletics Trainers Association, National Council on Strength & Fitness, NIRSA, Plus One Health Management, Preventure, StayWell Health Management, SPRI Products, USA Triathlon, and Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.
“The lack of physical activity is a leading contributor to the nation’s obesity crisis, and, work-related concerns often create hurdles to employee access to opportunities for physical activity,” according to NCPPA Executive Director Melissa Merson.
“The CEO Pledge makes clear that business leaders have an influential role to play in addressing our country’s health and health care crises,” said Joe Moore, President and CEO of IHRSA, one of the first to sign the pledge. “With most working adults spending roughly half their waking hours on the job on the days that they work, it is incumbent upon business and industry leaders to become part of the solution. By promoting physical activity and healthy lifestyles within the workplace, CEOs help their company’s bottom line, but they also help society.”
L&T Fitness President Susan Liebenow said she signed the pledge “‘to improve employee health and wellness by providing opportunities and resources for physical activity before, during and after the workday, and to enhance my own health and wellness by engaging in regular physical activity.”
For more information about signing the CEO Pledge or the CEOs who have signed it, please contact CEOPledge@ncppa.org.