CEO Pledge℠

The CEO Pledge℠

A Video Message to CEOs re The CEO Pledge for Physical Activity

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.


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℠ 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 


"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.


“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.”


“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

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



  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


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 

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

  VIDA Fitness, David von Storch

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


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


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