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Post date: May 03, 2016

The tennis industry became the first sports industry to endorse the new National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP) and the CEO Pledge for Physical Activity when the plan was unveiled on April 20 in Washington, D.C.

The NPAP was announced in a press conference at the National Press Club, followed by a Congressional briefing at the U.S. Capitol. During the announcement, the sport of tennis was cited by Dr. Jack Groppel as “the first of hopefully many entire sports to endorse this pledge and this plan.”

The National Physical Activity Plan is a roadmap for actions supporting and encouraging physical activity for all Americans. “The Tennis Industry Association (TIA) Board of Directors represents all sectors of the tennis industry, and in our efforts to support the NPAP and bring more activity to all Americans, we are absolutely thrilled to have the backing of the sport of tennis,” Groppel said.

Groppel, the co-founder of the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance... Read More

Post date: Apr 21, 2016

New U.S. National Physical Activity Plan Focuses on Achievements, Two New Sectors and Need for Momentum


Washington, DC (April 20, 2016) -- The new U.S. National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP) was unveiled today at the National Press Club, building upon the initial plan that the NPAP Alliance released in 2010 as a roadmap for actions supporting and encouraging physical activity among all Americans.

In presenting the 2016 plan, Russell Pate, Ph.D., chairman of the nonprofit NPAP Alliance, said that “because of this public-private initiative, we are multiple steps closer to our initial vision: one day, all Americans will be physically active, and they will live, work and play in environments that encourage and support regular physical activity.”

Jim Whitehead, CEO of the American College of... Read More

Post date: Apr 12, 2016

The 2016 Shape of the Nation™ report provides a current picture of physical education in each state across the country.

2016 Shape of the Nation™, released April 8, 2016 by SHAPE America - Society of Health and Physical Educators and Voices for Healthy Kids, an initiative of the American Heart Association and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, shows most states are dropping the ball on keeping kids active and fit and preparing them for a healthy future. 

First compiled nearly 30 years ago, the latest status of physical education in this country was released in Minneapolis at the SHAPE America National Convention & Expo, the largest gathering of physical educators in the country. 

The 2016 survey and state policy analysis finds areas of both improvement and decline since the 2012 Shape of the Nation. A majority of states have adopted legislation, requirements or guidance for physical education programs, but most do not require a specific amount... Read More

Post date: Jan 26, 2016

WASHINGTON, January 26, 2016 - The National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity (NCPPA) announced that Jack Groppel, Ph.D., co-founder of the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute, will continue to serve as the NCPPA national spokesperson for the CEO Pledge for Physical Activity. The CEO Pledge is a national campaign aimed at encouraging every CEO to recognize physical activity as an important driver of employee health and business performance. Dr. Groppel first signed on as the spokesperson back in 2013 and has remained in that position. His most recent appearance as the national spokesperson took place at the September 2015 launch of Step It Up! The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities, where he spoke passionately about the importance of increasing walking and physical activity at the worksite.

"I'm honored to continue as the spokesperson for an organization that shares the same commitment... Read More

Post date: Dec 16, 2015

Last week, President Obama signed S. 1177, the Every Student Succeeds Act, which reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and replaces the long overdue No Child Left Behind law. The bill passed the Senate and House with overwhelming bipartisan support and is a big win for physical education. 

First, the law designates physical education as a part of the well-rounded curriculum (replacing core subjects), which now makes physical education eligible for Title I funding - the largest pot of federal funding for schools. 

Second, Title IV contains a new block grant program, under which physical education programs will have access to significant funding. While this means the PEP program now officially goes away, this is not surprising as we always knew that in the end, an ESEA reauthorization would consolidate physical education money somehow and physical education maintains a strong presence of eligibility through the block grant. 

It important to... Read More