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New Report Highlights Proven Disease Prevention Programs in Communities
posted 2009-09-29

NCPPA member, Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and The New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) recently released a new report that highlights a variety of evidence-based disease prevention programs that have shown results for improving health and reducing costs in communities. The Compendium of Proven Community-Based Prevention Programs report includes a summary and examples from an extensive literature review that NYAM conducted of peer reviewed studies evaluating the effectiveness of community-based disease prevention programs designed to (among others) increase physical activity, reduce tobacco use, and/or improve eating habits. “Heart disease, stroke, and diabetes account for 36.6 percent of …

Dangerous Transportation Amendments Withdrawn/Defeated in Senate!
posted 2009-09-29

Last week, Senators John McCain (Ariz.) and Tom Coburn (Okla.) put forth two amendments to the FY10 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill and fortunately, both were defeated. These amendments were heavily opposed by physical activity advocates, for if passed, they would have effectively eliminated the majority of federal funds for trails, walking and bicycling. Amendment 2370 would have prohibited the use of federal funds for pedestrian or bicycle facilities, as well as other specified Transportation Enhancement (TE) projects if the Highway Trust Fund could not cover unfunded highway authorizations. Many, many trails and bike/ped facilities have been funded …

NCPPA ISO National Physical Activity Plan Consultant
posted 2009-10-14

The National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity (NCPPA) is seeking a Washington, DC based consultant with experience and established relationships in the health promotion/physical activity arena and ability to serve as the leader for the implementation phase of the nation’s first National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP). The initial area of emphasis will be on fundraising and marketing to include seeking grants from charitable foundations, corporations, etc. to enhance our organizational capability to move the National Plan forward.


One of the primary focus areas of work will be on the development and implementation of a formalized, integrated, results-driven fundraising strategy …

NCPPA Introduces New Website!
posted 2009-12-03

NCPPA is excited and proud to announce the rebirth of! The Coalition’s website has been totally redesigned with the viewer in mind! Users should find it easy to navigate around and find exactly what you are looking for. The Resources and Reports pages are like a virtual library of physical activity information…you will a find a veritable plethora of fact sheets, reports, tools, etc. Please visit the events calendar and try out our easy to use entry form to add new events. And don’t forget to “grab” the Physical Activity Fast Facts widget for use on your own pages! …

Senator Udall To Introduce Childhood Obesity Prevention Amendment
posted 2009-12-04

Senator Mark Udall (D-CO)  is planning to introduce an amendment to the health reform bill that would promote physical activity, healthy eating, and childhood obesity prevention in a very important setting – the early childcare environment.  The amendment would establish a three year CDC pilot program that would provide grants to five state health departments (or other childcare licensing entities within the State) to provide or contract to provide training to staff at childcare centers and family childcare homes.  The training would focus on physical activity and healthy eating policies and practices that could be implemented in child care settings.  …

Fit vs. Fat: New Research Sheds Light On Debate
posted 2010-01-04

INDIANAPOLIS – Although proper nutrition alone can lead to weight loss, it doesn’t necessarily equal true health or fitness, says a new study in the January issue of the official journal of the American College of Sports Medicine.


Enette Larson-Meyer, Ph.D., R.D., FACSM, directed 36 overweight (not obese) adults to participate in one of three programs during a six-month intervention: diet alone, diet plus exercise, or a weight-maintenance program (control group). The diet-only and weight maintenance groups were instructed not to change their physical …

NCPPA Welcomes New Member National Academy of Sports Medicine
posted 2010-01-05

NCPPA is very  pleased to introduce  the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM),as its newest leadership level member.  Since 1987, the Academy 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.


The Academy became interested …

NCPPA Featured as Contributing Blogger on Be Active My Way Blog
posted 2010-01-19

NCPPA is pleased and honored to have been asked to serve as a contributing blogger on the Department of Health and Human Services Physical Activity Guidelines blog, Be Active My Way. The purpose of the blog is to stimulate dialog among professionals who work on Physical Activity promotion about how they can encourage Americans to get the physical activity they need based on the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Our first post is was featured on the blog the week of January 12th, 2010.  The post discussed the implementation of the National Plan. Please take a moment to visit the …

Congress Needs to Hear Health Reform Starts With Prevention
posted 2010-01-22

It has become increasingly difficult to keep track of the various options under consideration for proceeding with health care reform since the MA special election this week.  As the Trust for America’s health reported in their Daily Digest, it is tough to predict whether there will there be a Senate bill plus reconciliation; reconciliation only; separate smaller bills; a scaled down package or something yet to be determined…or nothing at all.  The real key for physical activity advocates is to continue to communicate to Congress that “REAL HEALTH REFORM STARTS WITH PREVENTION”.  The Trust For America’s Health, Executive Director, Jeff …

HHS Awards $372 Million in Prevention and Wellness Grants to 44 Communities Around the Nation
posted 2010-03-19


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced awards of more than $372 million to 44 communities, to support public health efforts to reduce obesity and smoking, increase physical activity and improve nutrition.


The awards are part of the HHS Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) initiative, a comprehensive prevention and wellness initiative funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.


“This is an unprecedented level of commitment to prevention,” said First Lady Michelle Obama.  “Investing in local communities will build a healthier America, and we aim to reach more than 50 …

Help Launch the Nation’s First National Physical Activity Plan on May 3, 2010
posted 2010-04-14

Here’s an opportunity to energize your organization and your community!  Share the excitement of a national initiative to get America healthy and active.  On May 3, 2010, the Nation’s first National Physical Activity Plan will kick off with a signature launch event in Washington, D.C. States, cities, towns, companies, departments, schools, hospitals—organizations of all sorts—are invited to join in by letting lawmakers, the media and the public know about this important Plan.


What can we do?
Local officials are the key to making the changes that can help ensure opportunities for all Americans to be more active. We’ll …

Diabetes Prevention Advocates Welcome UnitedHealth Support for Local YMCA Programs
posted 2010-04-14

First-ever attempt for health plan to reimburse for prevention reflects spirit of new health reform law

Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Al Franken (D-MN) today welcomed the news that UnitedHealth Group will partner with YMCA of the USA to reimburse participants in the Diabetes Prevention Program, a 16 session, group-based lifestyle intervention for individuals at high-risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.  The effort is modeled on the Diabetes Prevention Act, a version of which was included in the health reform bill recently signed into law.  Today’s announcement is the first time in the U.S. that …

National Physical Activity Plan Gets a Running Start!
posted 2010-05-03



(May 3, 2010) The National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity (NCPPA) is part of a broad coalition of experts to support the Nation’s first Physical Activity Plan, a sweeping initiative to improve public health. The Plan officially launched this morning in an effort to motivate people in every community to become and stay physically active, and to remove the barriers that may stand in their way. Supported by a wide range of public policy recommendations, the Plan is the product of a 10-month, public/private collaboration of experts in diverse fields.


Experts involved with the …

National Physical Activity Plan Featured in On Leadership Blog
posted 2010-06-07

Joe Moore, the President and CEO of the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IRHSA) is featured as a guest blogger on the Washington Post’s On Leadership blog.  The title of his entry is Health leadership: Be a mountain-climbing CEO and in it he discusses the value that physically active employees bring to a company and the importance of their leaders seving as role models for such.  IHRSA, an NCPPA lead organization member, is  working with fellow NCPPA members, the American Heart Association and the American Council on Exercise to provide the leadership for the Implementation team of …

2010 Shape of the Nation Report: States Severely Lacking Key Physical Education Mandates That Can Help Address the Childhood Obesity Epidemic
posted 2010-06-18

The recently released 2010 Shape of the Nation Report: Status of Physical Education in the USA by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) and the American Heart Association (AHA), shows that while the majority of states mandate physical education, there are two significant inadequacies relative to time requirements and exemptions/waivers. Given the recent increased attention on childhood obesity prevention initiatives, legislators and school policy-makers can and should be part of the solution by correcting these inadequacies in physical education policies.


The report, which surveyed physical education coordinators in all 50 state education agencies and …

New Data Show Bicycling and Walking Up by 25 Percent Report Looks at Efforts to Increase Bicycling and Walking in the U.S.
posted 2010-06-18

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation today released new data from the Federal Highway Administration’s 2009 National Household Travel Survey which shows that both bicycling and walking trips have increased by 25 percent since 2001. The FHWA funded Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center included this data in The National Bicycling and Walking Study: A 15-Year Status Report. The report details trends and changes in bicycling and walking since 1994.

“This report demonstrates what we’ve been saying here at the Department,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “Americans want and need safe alternatives to driving. And by making biking and …

A Vital Partnership in Health Care
posted 2010-09-28

The following post is by guest blogger Helen Durkin, JD. Helen is the Executive Vice President of Public Policy for the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA)—a not-for-profit trade association representing health and fitness facilities, gyms, spas, sports clubs, and suppliers worldwide. She joined IHRSA in 1989 and developed the health club industry’s first government relations and legal service programs. She has served as the association’s director of public policy since 1999. In this leadership capacity, Durkin has succeeded in aligning IHRSA with the national effort to improve America’s health through healthy lifestyle choices and in promoting public policy that recognizes …

posted 2010-10-06

American adults take fewer daily steps than their counterparts in Switzerland, Australia and Japan, according to research published in the Oct. 2010 Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, the official journal of the American College of Sports Medicine. While adults in western Australia, Japan and Switzerland averaged 9,695, 7,168 and 9,650 daily steps, respectively, this new study found that U.S. adults lag far behind, averaging just 5,117 steps per day.


The study, titled “Pedometer-Measured Physical Activity and Health Behaviors in U.S. Adults,” gathered step data from 1,136 U.S. adults who varied in age, gender and geographic location. Researchers …

posted 2010-10-28

 This year’s attention to nationwide health care reform has cemented the health and fitness industry’s emphasis on the need for proper accreditation and certification, according to an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) survey of fitness trends published in the November/December issue of ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal®. The growing demand for educated and experienced fitness professionals claimed the top spot in the survey for the fourth consecutive year.


“As the market in this sluggish economy becomes even more crowded and competitive, the need for regulation, either from within the industry or from external sources, is growing,” said the …

Help Us Make a Healthier Nation
posted 2010-11-17

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services invites you to be part of the launch of Healthy People 2020. The event will take place on December 2, 2010 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Please attend either in person or participate via Web streaming.


In setting the country’s health promotion and disease prevention agenda for the past three decades, Healthy People has articulated overarching goals and tracked movement toward established targets. As we prepare for the next decade, the initiative aims to unify the national dialogue about health, motivate action, and encourage new directions in health promotion, providing …

The Road Runners Club Of America Seeks Applications For The Inaugural Runner Friendly Community Designation
posted 2010-11-29

Running is one of the most popular and affordable forms of exercise to get and keep people fit and healthy.  Running with a group can also be a positive social experience. Running can generate significant economic impact dollars for communities that host events and support the running community.  Pedestrian networks that include sidewalks, trails, paths, and share lanes often increase property values and overall quality of living in a community. While runners do not require a lot of expensive equipment, there are several ways that local communities can invest to ensure that running is safe, affordable, accessible, and enjoyable for …

HHS Announces The Nation’s New Health Promotion And Disease Prevention Agenda
posted 2010-12-03

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today unveiled Healthy People 2020, the nation’s new 10-year goals and objectives for health promotion and disease prevention, and “myHealthyPeople,” a new challenge for technology application developers. 

For the past 30 years, Healthy People has been committed to improving the quality of our Nation’s health by producing a framework for public health prevention priorities and actions.


“The launch of Healthy People 2020 comes at a critical time,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.  “Our challenge and opportunity is to avoid preventable diseases from occurring in the …

Study Sheds New Light On Childhood Obesity Epidemic
posted 2010-12-05


ACSM Journal Article Probes Relationship Between Childhood Obesity, Physical Activity


INDIANAPOLIS — Scientists may have discovered a new trend in childhood obesity, according to research published this month in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®, the official journal of the American College of Sports Medicine. In comparing physical activity levels among American children, researchers discovered that the most overweight and obese ethnic groups are some of the most active. This work adds to a growing understanding of …

Physical Activity Again Included as a Healthy People Topic Area
posted 2010-12-06

Physical Activity repeats as a topic area for Healthy People 2020.  This is the first release of HP since the 2008 introduction of the nation’s first  Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (PAG). The Physical Activity objectives for Healthy People 2020 reflect the strong state of the science supporting the health benefits of regular physical activity among youth and adults, as identified in the PAG. Regular physical activity includes participation in moderate and vigorous physical activities and muscle-strengthening activities.


More than 80 percent of adults do not meet the guidelines for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities. Similarly, more …

National Athletic Trainers’ Association Issues 2010 Report Card on the Youth Sports Safety Crisis
posted 2010-12-07

Incidence Of Youth Sports Injuries Spotlights The Need For Improved Health

New Concussion Study News Is Released Today

DALLAS, December 7, 2010 – With the support of 40 sports and health organizations, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) today presented a 2010 report card on the youth sports safety crisis. Today’s event at the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, D.C., was a follow-up to NATA’s first summit earlier this year where it created the Youth Sports Safety Alliance to encourage legislation and action regarding medical care, equipment safety and increased research into making …

New Study Cites Gender Differences in Concussion Symptoms of High School Athletes
posted 2010-12-08

Concussions in High School Sports: Study Reveals Symptom Differences in Male and Female Athletes


DALLAS, December 7, 2010 – According to “Sex Differences in Concussion Symptoms of High School Athletes,” a new study to be published in the January 2011 issue of the Journal of Athletic Training, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s scientific publication, male and female high school athletes present different types of symptoms after experiencing a sport-related concussion. While males report more cognitive symptoms, females report more neurobehavioral and physical symptoms. Even with these symptomatic differences, the time needed for recuperation before returning to play did …

Exercise Can Help Tame Type 2 Diabetes, Say New Guidelines
posted 2010-12-09
American College Of Sports Medicine (ACSM) And American Diabetes Association
Guidelines Make Strong Case For Physical Activity

INDIANAPOLIS – New guidelines on exercise for people with diabetes are likely to open some eyes—and, for those who follow them, help prevent or manage diabetes, improve overall health and boost quality of life. A panel of nine experts developed the recommendations, published this month in Medicine …

Sarbanes Bill Strengthens President’s Council on Physical Fitness
posted 2010-12-15

Legislation Would Allow Council To Raise Private Donations To Fund Operations

Today the House of Representatives passed the National Foundation on Physical Fitness and Sports Establishment Act (S.1275/H.R. 4322), a bill introduced by Congressman John Sarbanes that would establish a non-profit foundation to help the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition raise additional funds from private sources to expand its scope and activities. The ability to solicit, receive and administer private contributions will have a significant impact on …

Nominations for Obesity Prevention Initiatives: Active Transportation Initiatives
posted 2011-01-14

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity is seeking nominations of initiatives that address obesity through  increased physical activity, but which have not already undergone a rigorous evaluation of effectiveness. We are especially interested in programs and policies that address low-income populations and ethnic groups that experience higher rates of obesity.

The focus area specific to physical activity is Active Transportaion.  Specifically, active transporation initiatives encourage active transport (e.g. walking, bicycling) by promoting a supportive infrastructure for leisure or commute activities in multiple settings.  They may be accomplished by …

Let’s Move in School – Call to Action Webinar
posted 2011-02-01

NCPPA Supports Let’s Move in School


The National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity is pleased to announce our organizational support of Let’s Move in School – a new initiative hosted by the American Alliance for Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) and its National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE).


We encourage you to join the Let’s Move in School – Call to Action Webinar on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 from 1-2pm EST.


Although it has been established by research that 60 minutes of physical activity a day is important for student health …

Register your school(s) to Celebrate Let’s Move in School During National Physical Education and Sport Week, May 1-7!
posted 2011-02-15

Register Your School(S) and Get Your Kids Moving Today!


Let’s Move in School (LMIS) is a national initiative to increase physical activity before, during, and after school.  The first 10,000 schools to register will receive a LMIS poster, and one lucky school will win a visit from a President’s Council for Fitness, Sports & Nutrition member – a federal supporter of this initiative.  Schools can choose from a variety of fun activities that will get students moving and bring attention to the importance of physical education and physical activity.  To register a school celebration, find …

Highest Rates of Leisure-Time Physical Inactivity in Appalachia and South
posted 2011-02-16

CDC Releases New Physical Activity Estimates For All U.S. Counties

Americans who live in parts of Appalachia and the South are the least likely to be physically active in their leisure time, according to estimates released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In many counties in those regions, more than 29 percent of adults reported getting no physical activity or exercise other than at their regular job.


The 2004-2008 estimates, posted online at, provide county-level estimates for leisure-time physical inactivity for all U.S. counties. Areas where residents …

America’s Great Outdoors Initiative
posted 2011-02-17

President Obama Announces Plan for Community-Based Conservation
through the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative


WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Barack Obama today announced the Administration’s action plan, under the America’s Great Outdoors initiative, to achieve lasting conservation of the outdoor spaces that power our nation’s economy, shape our culture, and build our outdoor traditions. This initiative seeks to reinvigorate our approach to conservation and reconnect Americans, especially young people, with the lands and waters that are used for farming and ranching, hunting and fishing, and for families to spend quality time together.  Recognizing that many of …

Study Demonstrates Biking Investments Can Affect Health Care ad Fuel Costs
posted 2011-02-22

Portland’s Biking Investments Will Yield Major Health Care and Fuel Savings

Portland’s investments in bicycle boulevards and other infrastructure changes will help its residents lower their health care costs and save on fuel, according to a first-of-a-kind study recently published in a special issue of the Journal of Physical Activity and Health.

Portland has invested heavily in biking over the last two decades, creating hundreds of miles of interconnecting bike paths that allow residents to commute to work, shop at local businesses and ride for pleasure. In contrast, most other U.S. cities …

Senate Passes Resoution Encouraging Physical Activity
posted 2011-03-15

Casey, Burr Applaud Passage of Resolution Encouraging Exercise
to Prevent Disease, Lower Health Care Costs


WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) applauded the passage of a bipartisan resolution he introduced with Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) affirming the importance of exercise and encouraging the development of incentives to promote physical activity to combat obesity, reduce chronic disease and lower health care costs.


“Exercise is a key component of a healthy lifestyle and it prevents disease, death and saves the government and taxpayers money,” said Senator Casey. “I applaud the passage of this resolution and …

FIT Kids Act Re-Introduced
posted 2011-03-17
Rep. Kind, Senator Harkin Reintroduce FIT Kids Act, Calling for More P.E. in Schools


U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) and U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) reintroduced the Fitness Integrated with Teaching Kids Act (FIT Kids Act) this week, a bill to combat childhood obesity by strengthening physical education programs in schools throughout the country.


The FIT Kids Act, H.R. 1057, renews the emphasis on physical education in schools. The Act would work to ensure kids are active during the school day and are given opportunities that promote overall health and wellness. The legislation would engage parents …

Pennsylvania School District Gets Kids Moving With Innovative PE Program
posted 2011-03-18

Armstrong School District Finds School Specialty SPARK™ as Physical Education Provider
through National Institutes of Health We Can! Program


Prompted by data showing alarming rates of overweight conditions among children in their community, Armstrong County — through a collaborative called HEALTHY Armstrong –began working with We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity & Nutrition)®, a national childhood obesity prevention program developed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The effort began back in September 2007, giving Armstrong County the distinction of being the first We Can! county in the nation. With the support of HEALTHY Armstrong, …

Former Secretaries to Lead Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative
posted 2011-03-28

Bipartisan Policy Center Launches Physical Activity/Nutrition Initiative
Led by Former Cabinet Secretaries
Dan Glickman, Mike Leavitt, Donna E. Shalala and Ann M. Veneman

Washington, D.C. – To address the more than one third of adults and 17 percent of children in the United States who are obese, the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) today launched its newest project, the Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative, co-chaired by former Secretaries of Agriculture Dan Glickman and Ann M. Veneman and former Secretaries of Health and Human Services Mike Leavitt and Donna E. Shalala. Over the course of the …

NCPPA Featured as Guest Blogger
posted 2011-04-01

NCPPA Guest Blog on Innovative Physical Activity Joint Use Agreements


NCPPA is the featured this week as the guest blogger on the US Department of Health and Human Services Be Active Your Way blog.  The topic of NCPPA’s post is Innovative Physical Activity Joint Use Agreements.  The discussion revolves aroundinnovative Joint Use Agreements (looking beyond the traditional school/park & recreation) to increase physical activity spaces in communities.

The blog’s purpose is to encourage dialog among professionals who work on Physical Activity …

Colorado Poised to Pass School Exercise Bill
posted 2011-04-02

Colorado Lawmakers Have Reached Agreement On A Proposal
To Require Daily Exercise In Elementary Schools


House and Senate members agreed early Tuesday to a version of a bill requiring 30 minutes of daily exercise to help address childhood obesity. It could soon be headed to the governor’s desk.  House Bill 1069 directs school districts to make sure students are getting exercise, whether it’s during recess, physical education classes or field trips.


The full House and Senate still must take formal votes on the agreement. Then it heads to Gov. John …

YMCA Survey Finds Kids Not Getting Enough Physical Activity
posted 2011-04-14

YMCA Survey Finds U.S. Parents Not Making Kids’ Health Top Priority

As parents face financial hurdles to keep kids active, YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day™ makes
physical activity easy, accessible for the entire family

CHICAGO, April 13, 2011  Despite growing rates of childhood obesity and chronic illness among the nation’s kids, only 15 percent of American parents rank overall physical health as the top concern for their children, according to national survey findings released today by YMCA of the USA (Y-USA). The YMCA’s Family Health Snapshot also found …

Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools National Conference
posted 2011-04-15

U.S. Department of Education
Announces the OSDFS National Conference
AUGUST 8-10, 2011


The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (OSDFS) would like to announce that it will be hosting its National Conference August 8-10, 2011 at the Gaylord National Resort in suburban Washington, D.C..


The theme of this year’s conference is “Making the Connection:  Creating and Maintaining Conditions for Learning”, which will address issues related to: alcohol, drug and violence prevention; health, mental health, and physical education; special …

Three New Technical Assistance Webinar Opportunities For Pep Grant Applicants Next Week
posted 2011-04-15

Technical Assistance Webinars for Potential PEP Grant Applicants

The Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools will be conducting three  technical assistance webinars designed to assist applicants to better understand various aspects of the 2011 application process for grants under the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (CFDA 84.215F).


The first two, held on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 are identical and provide basic information about PEP.  Select the one that best fits into your schedule.  In addition, if you would like more information about SHI, BMI, HECAT, & PECAT,  you may also want to attend …

A New Initiative To Develop Accessibility Guidelines For Shared Use Paths
posted 2011-04-19

Access Board Seeks Comment on Access to Shared Use Paths

The Access Board is seeking public comment on a new initiative to develop accessibility guidelines for shared use paths which provide a means of transportation and recreation for various users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, skaters, and others, including people with disabilities. T he new guidelines will provide technical provisions for incorporating accessibility into the construction or alteration of shared use paths covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act and, in the case of those federally funded, the Architectural Barriers Act.

Through a notice published on March 28, the …

Safe Routes Mini Grants Available
posted 2011-04-21

National Center for Safe Routes to School Mini-grants


The National Center for Safe Routes to School is now accepting applications for 25 mini-grants of $1,000 each.  The mini-grants will fund creative, youth-focused activities that meet a school’s needs and interests around safe walking and rolling to school.  Funded activities may range from foundational efforts that start or sustain a program to new ideas that explore the range of benefits of safe walking and bicycling.  Eligible activities will occur at an elementary or middle school in Fall 2011 and will support the overall goal of Safe …

2010 State Childhood Obesity Legislative Action
posted 2011-04-26

States Took Targeted Legislative Action to Prevent Childhood Obesity in 2010

Making Schools Healthier, Increasing Access to Fresh, Local Produce Highest Priorities

More states took legislative action to address nutrition, physical activity and physical education in schools in 2010 than in 2009, according to a new report by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). Twelve states developed policies to improve access to healthy foods and beverages in a variety of school venues, including meals, à la carte lines, stores and vending machines. Eight states and the District …

Last Chance for Technical Assistance Webinar For PEP Applicants
posted 2011-04-28

An Additional OSDFS Technical Assistance Webinar Opportunity For
Potential PEP Grant Applicants To Be Held On May 3, 2011

The Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools will be conducting one more  technical assistance webinar (fourth) on Tuesday May 3, 2 p.m., EDT designed to assist applicants to better understand various aspects of the 2011 application process for grants under the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (CFDA 84.215F).  You will find specific information related to these conference calls pasted below, or  you can access the information on our website at:

First Runner Friendly Communities Announced!
posted 2011-04-28

 Road Runners Club of America Announces First Ever  Runner Friendly Communities


The Road Runners Club of America is pleased to announce the first communities to receive the Runner Friendly CommunityÒ designation, especially our 2011 Outstanding Runner Friendly Community award going to the Monterey Peninsula in California.


The goal of the Runner Friendly Community program is to shine a national spotlight on communities that standout as runner friendly and to provide incentives and ideas for communities to work towards becoming Runner Friendly Communities. Runner friendly communities can increase the quality of life, can improve physical activity for residents …

Middle and High Schools Making Little Progress in Increasing Physical Activity
posted 2011-05-04

U.S. Middle and High Schools Making Progress to
Provide Healthier Lunches, Falling Short on Physical Activity

A new study from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Bridging the Gap program finds that U.S. public secondary schools are making an effort to offer students healthier options in the cafeteria. Through the National School Lunch Program, most schools provide fruits and vegetables, more are offering whole grains and fewer are serving french fries. However, pizza, high-fat milk, junk food and sugary drinks are still widely available through the federal program.


The report, School Policies and …

Help Available for Community Transormation Grant Applications
posted 2011-06-07
Safe Routes to School National Partnership and National Complete Streets Coalition
Offer Up Technical Assistance For Community Transformation 
Grant Applications


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now accepting applications for its revolutionary Community Transformation Grants (CTG). Authorized under the new health care law, these grants will fund applicants in up to 75 jurisdictions, tribes and territories working to reduce death and disability by instituting policy, environmental, programmatic and infrastructure change.


The Safe Routes to School National Partnership and the …

Healthy Schools Program to Expand!
posted 2011-06-13

Alliance for a Healthier Generation Receives $23 Million Grant
to Expand Healthy Schools Program

President Bill Clinton to announce Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
grant renewal, honor 275 high-performing schools at the Healthy Schools Forum


The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, founded by the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation, announced today it has received a $23.2 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to expand and extend its Healthy Schools …

Federal Funding Available for Workplace Health Programs
posted 2011-06-23

$10 Million In Affordable Care Act Funds To Help Create Workplace Health Programs


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced today the availability of $10 million to establish and evaluate comprehensive workplace health promotion programs across the nation to improve the health of American workers and their families. The initiative, with funds from the Affordable Care Act’s Prevention and Public Health Fund, is aimed at improving workplace environments so that they support healthy lifestyles and reduce risk factors for chronic diseases like heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes.


“Spiraling health care costs …

New Community Innovation Funding for Healthy People2020 Objectives!
posted 2011-06-30

Just Announced! Healthy People 2020 Community Innovations Project: Request for Proposals (RFP)

Do you have an innovative plan to use Healthy People 2020 to improve the health of your community? Awards are available for Community Based Organizations (not-for-profit) to address one or more Healthy People 2020 topic areas—with a special emphasis on environmental justice, health equity, or healthy behaviors across all life stages.


Building upon the success of the 2009 project: Evaluating Healthy People, Places, and Practices in the Community, the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) will be …

NCPPA Supports Youth Sports Legislative Agenda
posted 2011-07-27

Congressman McIntyre Announces F.A.N.S. for Youth Sports-
a 112th Congress Youth Sports Legislative Agenda


NCPPA suppoprts and applauds the efforts of Representative Mike McIntyre (NC-D), Founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Youth Sports as well as the members of the Caucus to bring needed attention to policies that affect youth sports.  The Caucus introduced the 112th Congress Youth Sports Legislative Agenda today at an event that included remarks by Congressional Members, professional athletes, Sports Youth Development Organizations among others.  The announcement was appropriately held during National Youth Sports Week.  The agenda includes …

Personal Health Investment Today Act (PHIT) Reintroduced in House
posted 2011-07-27

Physical Activity Bill Can Impact Sports Participation & National Fitness


Legislation to encourage increased physical activity in America has been re-introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives this week.  Congressman Kevin Brady (R-TX) introduced the Personal Health Investment Today Act of 2011 (PHIT) in the 112th Congress.  The PHIT Bill was offered with strong bipartisan support.  Congressmen Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Ron Kind (D-WI), Bill Shuster (R-PA), Mike McIntrye (D-NC), William Lacy Clay (D-MO), Ron Paul (R-TX), C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersburger (D-MD), Jim Gerlach (R-PA), and Joe Barton (R-TX) joined Brady as original co-sponsors of the PHIT …

Runner Friendly Communities Named by Road Runners Club of America
posted 2011-08-31

RRCA Announces Second Round of Runner Friendly Community Designations


The Road Runners Club of America (an NCPPA member), the oldest and largest distance running organization in the United States, is pleased to announce the second round of selections for the Runner Friendly CommunityÒ designation: Allen Park, MI; Carson City, NV; Decatur, IL; Knoxville, TN; Lawrence, KS; Lynchburg, VA; Missoula, MT; Reading, PA; Salem, MA; and The Woodlands, TX.


These communities have shown that they meet the program’s criteria, which includes community infrastructure, community support, and local government support for running. Each community has an …

National Physical Activity Plan Business and Industry Sector Launch CEO Pledge for Physical Activity
posted 2011-09-14

National Physical Activity Plan Unveils CEO Pledge at HERO Forum

 Research has shown that physical activity is an essential component to maintaining good health and managing many chronic conditions. A growing number of employers across the country are encouraging physical activity as part of their comprehensive workplace wellness programs. This employer commitment to fitness and health was underscored today when the CEO Pledge was unveiled during the HERO Forum in Phoenix, Ariz. The CEO Pledge is a key component of the country’s first-ever National Physical Activity Plan.

Health and Fitness Industry Encourages CEOS To Lead Wellness
posted 2011-09-20


Health and Fitness Industry Urges C-Suite Executives to Lead America
to Wellness by Taking Landmark CEO Pledge


The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) is urging America’s business leaders to become personally involved in leading the United States to wellness by taking the CEO Pledge, a key component of …

Natioinal Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity Press Release
posted 2011-09-26


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                             Contact:  202 257-6727


National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity Appoints
Melissa Merson Executive Director


Washington, DC, September 26, 2011 — The National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity, charged with implementing the nation’s first National Physical Activity Plan, today appointed Melissa Merson as its Executive Director.


Ms. Merson previously served for more than a decade as the associate director for communications at the Congressional Budget Office, leading the non-partisan agency’s public affairs operations.  She represents the United States on the executive board of the International Triathlon Union, …

IHRSA CEO Tells Us to Fight Noncommunicable Diseases Here in the U.S.
posted 2011-09-29

IHRSA CEO Joe Moore Touts National Physical Activity Plan

As Key Tool Against Noncommunicable Diseases in the US

The United Nations Summit in New York last week to develop a declaration for united government action to protect against NCDs and their socioeconomic consequences focused on the effects of these chronic diseases —  such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and chronic respiratory disease — around the world. Moore reminds us that there is much we can do to combat them right here in the U.S. The National Physical Activity Plan, he noted, lays out a vision that one day, all Americans will be …

Education Awards Announced
posted 2011-09-30

Education Department Awards More Than $35 Mln to Local Groups For Physical Education and Nutrition Education

The U.S. Department of Education awarded 76 grants to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and Community-Based Organizations (CBOs)  to implement comprehensive, integrated physical activity and nutrition programs for students through the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP).

Funding is intended to assist these entities initiate, expand, or enhance physical education and nutrition education programs, …

HHS Be Active Your Way Blog
posted 2011-10-12

NCPPA Member Featured as Guest Blogger on HHS Be Active Your Way Blog


The International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), a long time leadership level member of NCPPA, is currently serving as the guest blogger on the Department of Health and Human Services Be Active Your Way Blog.  IHRSA articulates well what the real purpose of the National Physical Activity Plan is and why it is so important to unite behind its implementation.  You can view the blog post at the title link.




Healthy Kids Outdoor Act Introduced in Congress
posted 2011-11-04

Bill Impacts Outdoor Recreation, Addresses Childhood Obesity and Strengthens the Economy

WASHINGTON, DC (November 3, 2011) — Congressman Ron Kind (WI) and Senator Mark Udall
(CO) introduced the Healthy Kids Outdoors Act today to support state, local and federal strategies to
connect youth and families with the natural world, improve children’s health and support future
economic growth and conservation efforts.

This legislation will help get Americans active outdoors through natural play; outdoor recreation
such as camping, hiking, hunting and fishing; public health initiatives; outdoor learning
environments; service learning and other …

NCPPA Elects Officers for 2012
posted 2012-01-26


Whitsel, Goudeseune Re-elected; IHRSA’s Richards Joins Leadership Team as Secretary-Treasurer


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                          Contact: 202 578-8618


Washington, DC, January 26, 2012 — Laurie Whitsel and Scott Goudeseune will return as President and President-Elect of the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity, the group’s board announced, with the vacant secretary-treasurer’s post to be filled by Tom Richards of the International Health Racquet and Sports Club Association (IHRSA).


The coalition’s elections took place earlier this week in San Diego, where the board met to begin writing a new strategic plan to guide its critical work …

NCPPA & National Physical Activity Plan Coordinating Committee Renew Pact to Work Together
posted 2012-04-13

New Memorandum of Understanding Refines Organizational Coordination Effort


The National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity and the National Physical Activity Plan Coordinating Committee announced they have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding recommitting the organizations to work together to further federal support for physical activity initiatives.


“The Coordinating Committee is pleased to continue its work with NCPPA to promote the National Physical Activity Plan and to advocate implementation of the plan and its sector strategies,” said Russ Pate, chairman of the National Physical Activity Plan Coordinating Committee.


“The Coalition is very happy to renew our agreement with …

More Than Two Dozen CEOs Take NCPPA Physical Activity Pledge
posted 2012-09-24

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 …

NCPPA Releases Comment Letter on Draft Physical Activity Guidelines Mid-Course Report
posted 2012-11-29

Model Letter Commends Report and Urges Further Action



November 26, 2012


The National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity has sent the following letter to the Department of Health and Human Services regarding the proposed update report on the Physical Activity Guidelines. Organizations are encouraged to use this letter to tailor their own comments in support of the proposed report or to attach it to their own letters of endorsement. Comments on the draft report are due to HHS by December 10th.


For additional information, please contact Melissa Merson, …

NCPPA Praises Rep. Kind for Efforts to Promote Physical Activity
posted 2012-12-17

Congressman Applauded for Introduction of Comprehensive Anti-Obesity Legislation


WASHINGTON, DC – (December 17, 2012) – The National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity is proud to support the effort by Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wis, to maintain the focus on physical activity and fighting obesity while critical federal budget negotiations are underway by introducing comprehensive anti-obesity legislation.

“Congratulations to Rep. Kind for the bold move of introducing a bill as the …

NCPPA Endorses Sen. Tom Harkin’s “HeLP America” Act
posted 2013-01-23

Legislation Includes Incentives for Physical Activity

Washington, DC – The National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity (NCPPA) applauds the leadership of Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, in introducing the Healthier Lifestyles and Prevention America (HeLP America) Act (S. 39). This legislation provides a comprehensive approach to fighting chronic disease and obesity and promoting wellness in America by maintaining focus on physical activity, promoting healthy diet, and encouraging a productive and active workforce.


As chronic disease and obesity rates continue to rise in the United States, …

National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity Announces Scott Goudeseune to Assume Board President Role
posted 2013-02-28


Washington, DC, February 28, 2013 — The National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity (NCPPA), is proud to announce Scott Goudeseune as the new President of NCPPA’s Board of Directors.  Also new in 2013 is NCPPA’s collaboration with Venn Strategies, LLC, which will be managing the coalition and handling NCPPA’s government affairs.

Scott Goudeseune’s term began January 31st, succeeding Past-President Laurie Whitsel, Director of Policy Research at American Heart Association. Goudeseune is the CEO and President of the American Council on Exercise (ACE), the largest nonprofit fitness certification provider in the world.  Given ACE’s dedication to promoting the benefits of …

NCPPA Applauds the First Lady’s Let’s Move! Active Schools Initiative
posted 2013-03-01


Washington, DC – The National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity (NCPPA) applauds Michelle Obama’s announcement yesterday of “Let’s Move! Active Schools,” a new public-private partnership to provide opportunities for student to get 60 minutes of physical activity before, during, and after school.


The new initiative is part of the First Lady’s larger public health effort to end childhood obesity, known as the “Let’s Move!” program.  This new funding opportunity is a comprehensive program that provides resources and tools to empower school champions – P.E. teachers, classroom teachers, principals, administrators, and parents – to create active environments that enable …

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