CEO Pledge℠

The CEO Pledge℠

A Video Message to CEOs

In this video, Dr. Jack Groppel, National Spokesperson for the CEO Pledge for Physical Activity, speaks directly to our nation's leaders about the importance of signing the Pledge. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkXKitOpvP8

The CEO Pledge℠:

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.

What is the CEO Pledge℠?

The CEO Pledge is a national campaign promoted by the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity (NCPPA) to encourage every CEO in the United States to recognize physical activity as an important driver of employee health and business performance.

Why is the CEO Pledge℠ Important?

The CEO Pledge is an evidence-based strategy for promoting a culture of physical activity within an organization. Studies of employee wellness programs consistently find that executive leadership is critical to employee engagement. If employees believe that creating a culture of physical activity is an executive priority, employees are more likely to be physically active.

Why You Should Sign the CEO Pledge℠

  • Your Employees Will Be Healthier
  • Your Employees Will Be Happier and More Engaged
  • Your Organization Will Increase Productivity
  • Your Organization Will Be Better Positioned to Recruit and Retain Top Talent
  • Your Organization Will Be Publicly Recognized As A Forward-Thinking Employer and Thought Leader

Workplace Wellness Strategies

Strategies –

CEOs who sign The CEO Pledge™ agree to implement at least six of the following strategies to create a culture of physical activity in their workplace(s). A mix of strategies from each category – behavioral, educational, and environmental/policy - is encouraged.

Behavioral Support

  • Support “healthy meetings” such as stand-up or walking meetings, and/or meetings that incorporate stretching or other physical activity
  • Offer a physical activity program that includes motivational elements to inspire employees, such as employee competitions, team challenges and recognition/rewards
  • Establish a non-competitive physical activity program, such as a “buddy program” or exercise groups
  • Sponsor employee teams in organized fun runs/walks
  • Integrate other innovative and effective ideas to increase physical activity

Educational Support

  • Provide education and information to employees about the benefits of an active lifestyle
  • Invite experts to conduct regular information sessions in the workplace on physical activity-related topics 
  • Promote the health and productivity benefits of avoiding long periods of sedentary behavior (e.g. sitting at a desk for an extended period of time)

Environmental/Policy Support

  • Organize onsite fitness classes
  • Reimburse employees for purchases of fitness equipment or physical activity-related programs
  • Offer incentives for physical activity such as gift certificates for equipment and include such incentives in the employee benefit plan when appropriate
  • Provide free or subsidized public transportation passes to encourage walking as part of a daily commute
  • Give free or reduced rate memberships for bike share programs to encourage bikes as a form of transportation
  • Increase the time allowed for lunch breaks or provide flexible scheduling to allow employees to be active during the workday
  • Provide safe and clean facilities, such as showers, changing areas, and bike racks that support physical activity before, during, or after the workday
  • Provide clean, safe, and attractive stairwells and encourage their use
  • Create a map of indoor and/or outdoor walking paths that are safe, convenient, and easy to follow near the workplace
  • Offer employees opportunities to wear casual, work-out-friendly attire to work
  • Create an onsite fitness area or reimburse/subsidize the cost of an offsite fitness center membership 
  • Encourage employees to take brief activity breaks throughout the workday
  • Provide employees with the option to use “active office” furniture such as stand-up or treadmill desks, and/or stability balls

CEO Pledge℠ Signers

CEO Pledge Signers: 

  A World Fit for Kids!, Normandi Nigh
 

AAHPERD, Paul Roetert

 

AAMTRUST Mortgage, Mark T. Favaloro

 

AbstoneLalley, Inc., Rodney L. Abstone II

 

ABC Financial Services, Paul Schaller

 

Active Network, Dave Alberga

 

adaQuest, Inc, Hiram Machado  

 

Addison Reserve, Michael McCarthy

  Affinitech, Inc., Todd Brown
 

Ahmann Martin, Dean Hildebrandt

 

Alchime Forver,Ada Polla

 

Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America, Walter White

  Allstate, Thomas Wilson 
 

American Cancer Society, John Seffrin

 

American Cancer Society CAN, Chris Hansen

 

American College of Sports Medicine, James Whitehead

 

American Council on Exercise, Scott Goudeseune

 

American Diabetes Association, Larry Hausner

 

American Heart Association, Nancy Brown

 

American Medical Women's Association, 
Farzanna S. Haffizulla, MD FACP

 

Anytime Fitness, Chuck Runyon

 

AP International, Sanjay Wadhwa

 

Appvion, Inc, Mark Richards

 

Ascent Euqity Group, Daniel Williams

 

ASF International, Richard Reed

 

ASTHO, Paul E. Jarris, MD, MBA

 

Asus Medical Group, Govindh Jayaraman

 

Athlete's Performance, Mark Verstegen

  B&G Services, Judy Briggs
 

Baker College Muskegon, Lee Coggin

 

Baptist Health South Floride, Brian E. Keeley

 

Benefitmall, Inc., Bernard DiFiore

 

Benson Kearley IFG, Stephen Kearley

 

Best of Guide, Tammany Stern

 

Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative, Billie Jean King

 

Body Bar Studios, Laurie Gatlin

 

Border States Electric, Tammy Miller

 

Bravo Wellness, Jim Pshock

 

Burns & McDonnell, Greg Graves

 

Butterball Farms, Inc., Mark Peters

 

California Healthcare Institute (CHI), David Gollaher

 

Canyon Ranch, Mel Zuckerman

 

Carnaval Auto, Carlos Ido

 

Cassidy & Associates, Gerald Cassidy

 

Celebrate Calm, Kirk Martin

 

The Children's Clinic, Elisa Nicholas, MD, MSPH

 

Children's Healthcare of Altanta, Donna Hyland

 

Children's World Uniform Supply, Cynthia Holliday

 

Chuck Bauer Sales & Biz Training, Chuck Bauer

 

City of Norton Shores, Gary Nelund

 

Clark Retirement Community, Inc., Brian Pangle

 

Clif Bar, Kevin Cleary

 

Club One, Inc., Robin Klaus and Bill McBride

  Club NewTone, Marc Vaughn
 

Coast Environmental, Chris Heitman

 

Coastal Supply Group, Alex Federico

 

Collaborative Health Solutions, Michele L Patarino

 

Colleton River Plantation Club, Tim Bakels

 

The Community YMCA, Rhonda Anderson

 

Corporate Fitness Works, Allison Flatley, COO

 

Corporate Health Partners, Jack Curtis 

 

Connecticut Expos, Nick Curci

 

Criteo, Greg Coleman 

 

Cybex, Arthur W. Hicks, Jr.

 

D&D Leasing, Rev Dr K Bill Dost

 

Dansko, Mandy Cabot

 

Decatur Family YMCA, Paul Stanzione

 

Dexter Apache, Patrick D. Albregts

 

DFW Business Group on Health, Marianne Fazen

  DigiFit, Dean Hovey
 

Directors of Health Promotion and Education, Susan F. Goekler

  Discover Momenta, Lisa Taylor
 

Dominion Technologies, John Williams 

 

The Donna Krech Companies, Donna Krech

 

Driesenga & Associates, Inc., Dan Driesenga

 

Dynamic Electrical Solutions, Inc, Edward Durant III

 

Eastman Chemical Company, James P. Rogers

 

Employers Association of West Michigan, Lisa Sabourin

 

Engaged Health Solutions, Ari Levy, MD

  Ergotron, Pete Segar
 

Europa Sports Products, Eric Hillman

 

Everybody Wins! DC, Mary Salander

 

EveryMove, Inc., Russell Benaroya

  Evive Health, Peter Saravis
 

Executive Joy, Michael Anderson

 

Facial Fitness by Jaclyn, Jaclyn Welcher

 

Festival Foods, Mark Skogen

 

First Credit Services, Inc., Raj Chhabria

  Fit Kids, Cindy Anderson
 

Fitco, Jason Kos

 

Fitness4Life, LLC, Amanda J. Bundy

 

Fitwell - Medina Valley Fitness, Alice Diamant

 

Florida Blue, Pat Geraghty

 

Florida Department of Health in Seminole County, 
Dr. Swannie Jett

 

Florida Hospital Foundations, Des Cummings, Jr.

 

Fortuitous Publishing, Howie Severson

 

Franco's Athletic Club, Ron and Sandy Franco

 

Freed's Furniture Showcase, Howard Freed

 

Gabriel deGrood Bendt (GdB), Tom Gabriel

 

Gainesville Health & Fitness, Joe Cirulli

 

Gallup, Jim Clifton

 

Gatlin International, LLC, Stephen Gatlin

 

Global Prospects LLC, Jay Sweeney

 

Global Fitness Services Limited, Dr. Lionel H. Phillips

 

Globe University/Minnesota School of Business,
Wendy Parker

 

GMB Architecture + Engineering, Harm Perdok

 

Good Shepherd Health System, Steve Altmiller

  Goodthink, Inc., Shawn Achor
 

Gold Coast Giggles, Barbara Grapstein

 

Grand Rapids (MI) Area Chamber of Commerce,
Rick Baker

 

Grand Rapids Art Museum, Dana Friis-Hansen

 

Grand Rapids Community Foundation, Diana Sieger

 

Graphic Armor, Adam Glickman

 

Greater Ottawa County United Way, Patrick Moran

  Griffin Properties, Diane Griffin
 

HaystaqDNA, Michael Simon

 

HealthNow,

 

HealthSource Chiropractic, Dr. Scott Miller

 

Healthways, Ben R. Leedle, Jr.

 

Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, Lisa Gable 

 

Healthy Weight Partnership, Inc., Teresa Earle

 

Heart of West Michigan United Way, Maureen Noe

 

Hepatitus Foundation International, Ivonne Perlaza Fuller

 

Herbalife, Michael O. Johnson

 

HERO, Jerry Noyce

 

Holland-Mark, Rob Waldeck

 

HPCareer.Net, Michaela Conley

 

Huffines Communities, Donald Huffines

 

Humor Quest, Mary Kay Morrison

  HydroMassage, Paul Lunter
 

IDEA, Peter Davis

 

IHRSA, Joe Moore

 

Illini Community Hospital, Kathy Hull

 

Indaco Risk Advisors, Inc., Greg Horridge

 

INB, Thomas Pzeigler

 

Innovative Commercial Environments, DeLinda Forsythe

 

Innovative Office Solutions, Jennifer Smith

 

Insite Interactive, Adrienne Palmer

 

Institute for Wellness Education, Deborah Teplow

 

Interactive Fitness, Bill Stensrud

 

Integrated Architecture, Paul H. Dickinson, AIA

 

Ironwood Country Club, Josh Tanner

 

Jasmahn Energy Consulting, Josh Stern

 

Jersey Mike's Subs, Peter Cancro 

 

John's Island Club, Brian Kroh, CCM, ECM

 

John's Island Club, David Colclough, CCM

 

Johnson & Johnson, Alex Gorsky

 

Joslin Diabetes Center, Harvard, John Brooks

 

J-W Energy Company, Grover Gene Gradick

  Karelia Health, John E. Carew
 

KEAS, Josh Stevens

 

Kubiesa Law Firm, Kenneth Kubiesa

 

L&T Health and Fitness, Susan Liebenow

 

Lake Nona, Jim Zboril

 

Lake Nona Institute, Thad Seymour, Ph.D

 

Lakewood Country Club, Eric Dietz, CCM/PGA

 

Landmark Services, Mark Landry

 

League of American Bicylists, Andy Clarke

 

Lemon Muse, Erika Monreal

 

Levi Strauss & Co., Chip Bergh

 

Life Fitness, Chris Clawson

 

Lifescan, a Johnson & Johnson Co., Vivian Wang

 

Lifetrack, Trixie Girtz Goldberg

 

Lifted Fog, LLC, Sue Stevenson

 

Lincoln Industries, Marc Le Baron

 

Lone Star Valet, Michael Tatum

 

Lott3 Metz Architecture, LLC, Ted Lott, AIA

 

M&A Technology, Inc., Magdy Elwany

 

MaineGeneral Health, Chuck Hays

 

Mandala Global Advisors, Ana Dutra

 

Mary Kay Inc., David Holl

 

Medical City Dallas Hospital, Erol Akdumar

 

MEND, Harry MacMillan

 

Men In Kilts, Judy Allison-Briggs

 

MG McGrath, Inc., Mike McGrath

 

Mike Hannah & Associates, Mike Hannah

 

Mizner Country Club, Larry Savvides

  MOSSA, Rich Boggs
 

Motionsoft, Al Noshirvani

 

Munn & Morris Financial Advisors, Irv Munn

 

Murex LLC, Robert Wright

 

Muskegon Community College, 

 

Muskegon Family YMCA, Bruce Spoelman 

 

MY ZONE, Mike Leveque

 

National Academy of Sports Medicine, Michael Clark

 

National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors, Julie M. Scofield

 

National Athletic Trainers, Eve Becker-Doyle

 

National Council on Strength & Fitness, Brian Biagioli

 

National Indian Health Board, Liz Heintzman

 

National Network of Public Health Institutes, Vincent Lafronza

 

Nemours Children's Hospital Orlando, Roger Oxendale

 

The Nice Life, LLC, Mandy Nice

 

NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation, Pam Watts

  Noise Solutions, Scott MacDonald
 

Norman Regional Health Systems, David Whitaker

 

North Dallas Chamber of Commerce, Bruce Bradford

 

Northstar Ceramics, Brad Potter

  Nurtur, Daniel Cave
 

Nutritional Consultants, Joshua Brackmann

  Octane Fitness, Dennis Lee
 

Office to Go, Michael O'Neal

 

Oklahoma City Indian Clinic, Robyn Sunday-Allen

  One Tribe 365, Barry Herbert
  OnLife Health, Danny Timblin
 

OPI Products, Inc, George Schaeffer

  ORCAS, Michael Mulvihill
 

Orlando VA Medical Centers, Tim Liezart

 

Ortho-Kinetics, Everett Aaberg

 

Page Fitness Athletic Club, Christopher Page

  Paws r us, Inc., Trudy Wisner 
 

Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Craig Hillemeier

 

Pennington Biomedical Research Center, William Ceffalo, MD

 

PeopleforBikes, Tim Blumenthal

 

Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, Margaret Sabin

  Petra Coaching, Andy Bailey
 

Plus One Health Management, Chris Ciatto

 

Precor, Rob Barker

 

Present Moment Health, Jennifer Hoert

 

Preventure, David Pickering

 

Professional Tennis Registry (PTR), Dan Santorum

 

Public Health Accreditation Board, Kaye Bender

 

R4 Holdings, LP, John Stubbs

 

Rainer Capital Management, Kenneth Dunn

 

REACHUP Inc., Estrellita “Lo” Berry, MA

 

Ripon Truck Repair and Equipment, LLC, Kevin Lieske

 

Riskey Business Solutions, LLC, Steven Riskey

  RivalHealth, Peter Durand
 

Road Runners Club of America, Jean Knaak

 

Robert W. Baird & Co, Paul Parcell

 

Rutherfoord, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC, John Stanchina

 

Saco Sport & Fitness, Scott A. Gillespie

 

Samueli Institute, Wayne B. Jonas

 

San ten Inc., Naveed Shams MD, PhD

 

Sanofi, Greg Irace

 

SeyferthPR, Ginny Seyferth

 

SFM Mutual Insurance Company, Bob Lund

 

Share Care, Jeff Arnold

 

Sheer Print Solutions, Craig Sheer

 

Sidock Group, Inc., William Sidock

 

SKS, Inc., Andrew Thweatt

 

Slosburg Company/ Richdale Group, Richard Slosburg

 

Smith Protective Service, Inc., Mark Smith

 

Smoothie King Gallatin, Sherri Smith

 

Society for Public Health Education, Elaine Auld

 

Spa MD and Laser Center, Michael Woodruff

 

SPRI, Herb Flentye

 

Spring Island, Tom Noyes

 

St. Mark's Preschool, Barbara Levesque

 

StayWell Health Management, Paul Terry

 

Straub Construction, Rick Straub

 

Studio Crowley, Michael Wm. Hall

 
 

Summit Fitness Club, Denise Pascucci

  Synergy, Heidi Hanna
 

Synergy Sports Rehab, Richard Hare

 

Tavistock Group, Rasesh Thakkar

 

TDIndustries, Harold MacDowell

 

TELOS Consulting, Brent Darden

 

The Atlantic Club, Pat Laus 

 

The Club at Mediterra, Tom Wallace

 

The Country Club at Mirasol, Matt Lambert, CCM

  The Cradle, Julie Tye
 

The Design Forum, Neale Bauman

 

The Dicks + Nanton Celebrity Branding Agency, Nick Nanton

 

The Holbrook Company, Inc., John Holbrook

 

The McCahill Group, Peaches McCahill

 

The Nemours Foundation, David Bailey, MD

 

The Plexus Groupe, Walter Fawcett III

 

The Reserve Club, Craig Surdy, CCM, CCE 

 

The Resource Group, Larry Phillips

 

The Schwan Food Company, Dimitrios Smyrnios

 

The Sports and Fitness Industry Association, Tom Cove

 

TML Multistate Integovernmental Employee Benefits Pool, Susan Smith

  Total Gym, Jesse Campanaro
 

Total Wellness, Alan Kohll

 

TowerPinkster, Arnold Mikon

 

Town & Country Club, Vincent J.C. Tracy, CCM, CCE

 

Trop Apps Software, Michael A. Trautt

 

Trust for America's Health, Jeff Levi

 

Ultima Real Estate, Paul Bermudez

 

United States Professional Tennis Association, 
John R. Embree

 

United States Tennis Association, Dave Haggerty

 

United Way of the Lakeshore, Inc., Christine J. Robere

 

University of Central Florida, John Hitt

 

University of Central Florida, College of Medicine, Deborah German, MD

 

University of Louisville, James R. Ramsey

 

University of Miami, Dr. Donna E. Shalala

  US Healthiest, Nick Baird
 

USA Triathlon, Rob Urbach

 

Variable Solutions, LLC, KaraAnn McRae Clouse

 

Venn Squared Communications, Michael Meehan

 

Venn Strategies, Stephanie Silverman

 

Verity Analytics, Jessica Grossmeier

 

VIDA Fitness, David von Storch

 

Vitruvian Biomedical, Inc., Arthur P. Bollon, Ph.D

 

W.K. Kellogg Foundation, La June Montgomery Tabron

 

Wegman’s Food Markets, Daniel Wegman

 

Wellco, Scott Foster

 

Wellness and Prevention, Inc., Sanjay Gupta

 

West Michigan Environmental Action Council,
Rachel Hood

  wHY, Kulapat Yantrasast
 

Wondergem Consulting Inc., Tim Wondergem 

 

Woodfield Country Club, Eben Molloy

 

World Team Tennis, Ilana Kloss

 

YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids, Ron Nelson

 

YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, Dorri C. McWhorter

 

ZJ Boarding House, Mikke Pierson

  Zogics, LLC, Paul LeBlanc
 
 

 

CEO Pledge℠ Testimonials

Jack Groppel, Ph. D, NCPPA’s national spokesperson for the CEO Pledge℠ initiative, speaks with Dr. Rearick on Healthy Business Radio, touting the benefits of getting America’s leaders engaged and motivating their workplaces and communities to get moving! Click here to listen 

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"To promote health in the workplace, there must be consistent and visible support from leaders, beginning with the CEO,” points out Laurie Whitsel, the director of policy research at the American Heart Association (AHA), and president-emeritus of the NCPPA board of directors.

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“Leadership is critical,” agrees Scott Goudeseune, the CEO of the American Council of Exercise (ACE), and president of the NCPPA’s board. “There must be clear, strong, and ongoing support, beginning with the CEO, for workplace health and wellness programs to take root.”

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“This pledge may be just the catalyst required to make those work environments that encourage employees to become more active the new cultural norm,” says Helen Durkin, J.D., IHRSA’s executive vice president of global public policy.

Senior leaders supporting Johnson & Johnson CEO, Alex Gorsky, in signing the CEO Pledge at the Lake Nona Impact Forum 2013

Mary Salander, CEO of Everybody Wins! DC, poses with her staff after signing the CEO Pledge

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