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Post date: Sep 23, 2013

Washington, DC – Today, the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity (NCPPA) announced that Jack Groppel, Ph.D., Vice President of Applied Science and Performance Training at Wellness & Prevention, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company, and co-founder of the Human Performance Institute, a division of Wellness & Prevention, Inc., will serve as the national spokesperson for the CEO Pledge, a national campaign aimed at encouraging every CEO in the United States to recognize physical activity as an important driver of employee health and business performance.  Groppel’s first appearance as the national spokesperson will take place at the 2013 Health Enhancement Research Organization’s (HERO) Forum held September 24-26 in Lake Buena Vista, FL., where he will announce the program’s progress in reaching private industry and public health leaders. 

"It is a true honor to serve as the national spokesperson for the CEO Pledge,” said Groppel. “I believe that if we’re... Read More

Post date: Aug 23, 2013

The National Park Service, established on August 25, 1916, will celebrate its 97th anniversary this weekend.  The National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity (NCPPA) applauds the efforts of the National Park Service in helping Americans increase their level of physical activity through outdoor recreation, and we recognize the National Park Service’s crucial role in implementing programs such as the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) which provides significant opportunities for kids and families to be more active.

In June, NCPPA joined with other stakeholders in signing a letter of support for the LWCF and urged the Administration to voice its public support for this important program that has been a resource for communities working to combat childhood obesity by creating safe places for kids to be active.  For example, a portion of LWCF funds are allocated to a “State Assistance Program,” where matching grants are made available to communities to build... Read More

Post date: Jun 13, 2013

Action by Full Congress Needed to Bolster Physical Activity Opportunities for US Kids

Washington, DC – The National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity (NCPPA) applauds the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee for passing Chairman Tom Harkin’s Strengthening America’s Schools Act of 2013.  This legislation would reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), commonly referred to as No Child Left Behind, which expired in 2007. The bill passed through committee by a vote of 12 to 10 along party lines.

The Strengthening America’s Schools Act includes several key physical activity provisions which would help schools provide a more well-rounded education for children through several grant programs and support physical activity by promoting student success through safe and healthy school initiatives. 

Specifically, the bill would promote physical activity in schools by assisting states... Read More

Post date: Mar 12, 2013

Legislation Ensures Regular Updates to Physical Activity Guidelines

Washington, DC – The National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity (NCPPA) commends the leadership of Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) for introducing the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Act of 2013.  The bipartisan bill is based on the physical activity guidelines provisions in Harkin’s comprehensive wellness bill, the Healthier Lifestyles and Prevention America (HeLP America) Act, introduced earlier this year.

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Act requires the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to update and issue physical activity guidelines for all ages at least every 10 years while compiling intermediate “midcourse” reports highlighting specific groups, issues, concerns, or practices at least every five years. The original... Read More

Post date: Mar 08, 2013

Strategies Highlighted to Increase Physical Activity Among Youth

Today, the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) and the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, & Nutrition (PCFSN) released the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Midcourse Report: Strategies to Increase Physical Activity Among Youth.  The original Physical Activity Guidelines were issued in 2008, and the midcourse review was intended to provide an opportunity for a panel of experts to review and highlight a specific topic of importance- in this case, physical activity among youth- and provide recommendations for next steps in implementing these strategies and opportunities for further research.

The report was announced by the First Lady, Michelle Obama, at the Partnership for a Healthier America Summit in Washington, D.C.   Many NCPPA Board member organizations attended the summit, and several NCPPA Federal Advisory Panel members,... Read More