||NCPPA began to develop state coalitions in 1996 to help increase public awareness of the U.S. Surgeon General's report on physical activity. State Coalitions work to promote physical activity by exchanging information on best practices in community organizing, outreach work, event planning, advocacy, and public education.State coalitions actively work to promote physical activity on many fronts:
- Actively support state and federal legislation and public policy that supports and promotes physical activity;
- Conducting state and local physical activity programs that are designed to encourage behavior change;
- Mobilizing community-based organizations;
- Cultivating effective contacts with public officials, community leaders, media, and other policymakers;
- Supporting NCPPA national efforts.
Although the leadership and membership vary from state to state, many of the coalitions co-sponsor the same national events and campaigns:
- For example, several state coalitions sponsor ACES (All Children Exercise Simultaneously) organized by the Youth Fitness Coalition, Inc. (see http://www.projectaces.com), and Walk to School events (see http://www.walktoschool-usa.org).
- Many coalitions belong to Healthy People 2010 coalitions organized by state and local health departments or other coalitions promoting activity-friendly communities (see www.healthycommunities.org).