About Us


The National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity's mission is to unite the strengths of public, private, and industry efforts into collaborative partnerships that inspire and empower all Americans to lead more physically active lifestyles.


NCPPA, Inc. grew out of an exploratory meeting at the American Heart Association's national headquarters in Dallas in 1995. Representatives from more than thirty health organizations met to discuss the merits of a physical activity coalition and left in virtually unanimous agreement that such a coalition should be created. Soon thereafter, the American Heart Association, the American College of Sports Medicine, and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance accepted the responsibility for creating the coalition that eventually became NCPPA.

In 1996, NCPPA was formalized and it began to recruit other organizations as members, expanded its group of lead members and secured a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Between 1996 and 2000, NCPPA created a network of state physical activity coalitions, produced community action and media advocacy kits designed to help organizations promote physical activity and held a national news conference following the release of the Surgeon General's Report on Physical Activity and Health.

Since then, NCPPA has continued to mature. It is incorporated as a 501(c)(4) tax exempt organization and has also established a 501(c)(3) foundation. NCPPA also received a capacity building grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and moved its office and staff to Washington, D.C.

NCPPA has continued to grow, develop and evolve to become the self sustaining, productive coalition that we are today.


National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity
1150 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20036

Via email, please contact NCPPA@heart.org

Board of Directors


Thomas Richards
American Council on Exercise


Amy Callender
National Athletic Trainers' Association


Scott Goudeseune
American Council on Exercise

Laurie Whitsel
American Heart Association


Pam Watts
NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation


Brian Biagioli
National Council on Strength & Fitness

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

Colleen Doyle
American Cancer Society

Tom Scanlon
International Health, Racquet and Sports Club Association

Teresa Earle
MEND Foundation 

Herb Flentye
SPRI Products

Jack Groppel
Wellness & Prevention Inc., a Johnson & Johnson Company

David Van Daff
National Academy of Sports Medicine

James Whitehead
American College of Sports Medicine

Federal Advisory Panel Members

Jackie Epping
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Richard Killingsworth
National Foundation on Fitness, Sports, & Nutrition

Frank Perna, EdD, PhD
National Institutes of Health

Shellie Pfohl
President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition