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Physical Activity Fact Sheets

A variety of 1-2 page fact sheets covering such topics as statistics, recommendations and programs.


Physical Activity Tools & Resources

A veritable plethora of physical activity tools and resources.  These are categorized for your use under the following topics:

  • Standards, Guidelines & Certification
  • General
  • Youth
  • Adults
  • Older Americans
  • Worksite
  • Community
  • Specific Health/Medical Conditions & Disabilities

Stair Week®

NCPPA supports the  Stair Week® proclamation effort to promote the links between physical activity and the built environment.  Below are examples already endorsed by governors around the country.  If you are interested in having a Proclamation made in your state, please contact

Physical Activity Reports & Research

Reports and articles covering a wide range of physical activity related topics.  This page is categorized for ease of use as follows:

  • School/Out of School Programming
  • Obesity Prevention & Health Promotion
  • Recreation & Sports
  • Transportation
  • Trails/Environment & Land Use


State Physical Activity Coalitions

Many states have organized their own physical activity coalitions, Governor's Councils on Physical Activity or Physical Fitness and Sports, etc.


National Physical Activity Plan

Information on NCPPA's involvement with the nation's first National Physical Activity Plan that will be lauched in March, 2010.

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Physical Activity Fact Sheets

U.S. Physical Activity Statistics

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)


The Obesity Epidemic - How States Can Trim the 'Fat'

National Governors Association


The President's Challenge: Physical Activity and Fitness Award Program

The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports


Bicycling Facts and Figures

League of American Bicyclists


Exercise and Weight Control 

The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports


Trails for Health-Increasing Opportunities for Physical Activity in the Community

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention


Physical Inactivity, Overweight and Obesity

American Heart Association


Physical Activity

American Heart Association


Exercise (Physical Activity) and Children

American Heart Association


Exercise (Physical Activity) for Older People and Those With Disabilities

American Heart Association


The Complete Guide-Nutrition and Physical Activity

American Cancer Society


Active Start: A Statement of Physical Activity Guidelines for Children Birth to Five Years

National Association for Sport and Physical Education


ACE Fit Facts™ (one-page health and fitness information sheets - more than 100 in all) 

American Council on Exercise


Physical Activity and Health-First Surgeon Generals Report on Physical Activity (1996)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The following fact sheets present report findings in population-specific format with key messages, physical activity facts and benefits, and suggestions for communities.


Physical Activity Tools & Resources


 White Paper: Becoming an Organization in MOTION Investigating the Organizational Impact of Strategic Movement throughout the Workday

 A New Performance Paradigm: Can 1-2 Minutes of Movement Transform Your Organization?

Human Performance Institute

LEAN Works: A Workplace Obesity Prevention Program

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Strategies To Increase Physical Activity In The Workplace

The Wellness Councils of America (WELCOA)

DeskExercise of the Day

Aetna InteliHealth

Stay Fit on the Road

American Council on Exercise

Standards, Guidelines & Certification

Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Midcourse Report: Strategies to Increase Physical Activity Among Youth

United States Department of Health and Human Services


Turn the Tide: Reversing Trends in Obesity and Chronic Disease

Turn the Tide Foundation

 Nutrition/Physical Activity/Obesity Briefing PowerPoint Slides (may be tailored to your use)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 Walkability Checklist

Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center

A Comprehensive Handbook for Bicyclists: Rules, Laws and Safety Measures Bicycle Articles Knowledgebase

ACE Exercise Library

American Council on Exercise

ACE Health and Fitness Tips

American Council on Exercise

Keys to Exercise Video Series

Exercise is Medicine-American College of Sports Medicine/American Medical Association

Exercise is Medicine™ Action and Promotion Guide

Exercise is Medicine-American College of Sports Medicine/American Medical Association

Calculate Your Body Mass Index


Physical Activity Calorie Usage Chart 

American Heart Association

Start! A Walking Program for a Healthier Lifestyle 

American Heart Association

Physical Activity in Your Daily Life 

American Heart Association

ACE-Exercise and Equipment Research Studies 

American Council on Exercise


We Can!™ (Ways to Enhance Children's Activity & Nutrition)

National Institutes of Health

Model School Wellness Policies

National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity (NANA)

BAM! Body and Mind

This interactive CDC website is designed to give kids, 9-13 years old, the information they need to make healthy lifestyle choices. Centers for Disease Control

Powerful Bones, Powerful Girls

The National Bone Health Campaign

The Nemours Foundation

P.E. Central: Resource Website for Health and Physical Education Teachers


Be Active Your Way: A Guide for Adults

United States Department of Health and Human Services

Older Americans

Exercise & Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide

National Institute on Aging

First Step to Active Health

The Hygenic Corporation


Promoting Active Communities Program

Michigan Department of Community Health

American Fitness Index Community Guide

American College of Sports Medicine

American Planning Association

American Public Transportation Association

Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals

Centers for Disease Control: Active Community Environments

Center for Livable Communities

Federal Highway Administration Bicycle & Pedestrian Program

National Center for Bicycling and Walking

Partnership for a Walkable America

Project for Public Spaces

Smart Growth Network

Walkable Communities, Inc.

Leadership for Healthy Communities

Active Living Leadership- Robert Woods Johnson Foundation

Specific Health/Medical Conditions & Disabilities

Effects of Physical Activity On Life Expectancy with Cardiovascular Disease

Archives of Internal Medicine

Clinic Based Support to Help Overweight Patients with Type Two Diabetes Increase Physical Activity and Lose Weight

Archives of Internal Medicine

Your Prescription For Health Flier Series-Recommendations For Exercising Safely With A Variety Of Health Conditions

Exercise is Medicine-American College of Sports Medicine/American Medical Association

Arthritis Today's Just-Right Walking Plan

The Arthritis Foundation

AIDS: Exercising with AIDS

American Council on Exercise

National Center on Physical Activity and Disability Research Fact Sheets

National Center on Physical Activity and Disability

Fibromyalgia: Exercising with Fibromyalgia

American Council on Exercise

Obesity: Active at Any Size

National Institute for Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases

Stroke: Recover from a Stroke

American Council on Exercise

National Center on Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD)

Physical Activity Reports & Research

State Physical Activity Coalitions


Alabama Governor's Commission on Physical Fitness

Ronnie Floyd, Acting Executive Director

560 S. McDonough St. Suite B

Montgomery , AL 36130

334-242-4496 X 223




Alaska Promoting Physical Activity Coalition

Russ Stevens, Public Health Specialist

PO Box 110616

Juneau , AK 99811


907-465-2770 fax



Arizona Nutrition Physical Activity and Obesity Alliance

Frances Kaplan, Manager

150 N. 18th Ave., Suite 310

Phoenix, AZ 85007


602-364-1890 fax



Arkansas Governor's Council on Physical Fitness

Dr. Blair Dean, Chairman

Arkansas State University

Department of HPESS

P.O. Box 240

State University, AR 72467



870-972-3096 fax



California Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sport

Kenny Rogers, Executive Director

10250 Constellation Blvd, Suite 2700

Los Angeles, CA 90067


310- 557-2737 fax



Colorado Governor's Council on Physical Fitness

Stacy Fowler, President

4300 Cherry Creek Drive South

Denver, CO 80246-1530




Delaware Governor's Council on Lifestyle and Fitness

Avron Abraham, Chair

Elliott Hall

University of Delaware

Newark, DE 19716


302-831-4261 fax



Governor's Council on Physical Fitness

Kimberly A. Berfield, Deputy Secretary

The Office of the Deputy Secretary for Advocacy & Policy

Florida Department of Health

Physical Address:

2585 Merchants Row Boulevard

Tallahassee, FL

Mailing Address:

4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin # A00

Tallahassee, FL 32399 -1701

850 245-4011

850 487-3729 fax



Georgia Coalition for Physical Activity and Nutrition

Jimmy Calloway, PhD, Executive Director

The Legacy Building

925 Main Street, Suite 202,

Stone Mountain, GA 30083


770-413-1185 Fax



Healthy Hawaii Initiative/Physical Activity

Lolo Irvin, Coordinator

Hawai'i State Department of Health Kinau Hale, Rm 422

1250 Punchbowl Street

Honolulu, HI 96813

(808) 586-4488

(808) 586 4491 fax



Illinois Governor's Council on Physical Fitness

Jo Ambrose, Youth Programs Coordinator

535 W. Jefferson Street, 2nd Floor

Springfield, IL 62761


217-782-1235 fax



Indiana Governor's Council on Physical Fitness & Sports

Joshua Gonzales, Communications Coordinator

2 North Meridian Street, Sec-2L

Indianapolis, IN 46204





Iowa Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Nutrition

Tim Lane, Contact Person

Lucan State Office

321 E. 12th Street, 3rd Floor

Des Moines, IA 50319-0075


515-281-4913 fax



Kansas Governor's Council on Fitness

Jennifer Church, Program Manager, Physical Activity & Nutrition

c/o Kansas Department of Health & Environment

Curtis State Office Building

1000 SW Jackson St., Ste.230

Topeka, KS 66612

(785) 296-8060

(785) 296-8059



Louisiana Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports

Rudy Macklin, Executive Director

Louisiana Dept of Health & Hospitals

628 N 4th Street

PO Box 629

Baton Rouge, LA 70821-0629


225-342-3738 fax



Maine Governor's Council on Physical Activity

Diane Campbell, Project Manager

11 Parkwood Drive

Augusta, ME 04330

207-622-7566 ext. 230



Maryland State Advisory Council on Physical Fitness

Erin Penniston, Coordinator

Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

Office of Chronic Disease Prevention

201 West Preston Street

Baltimore, MD 21201


410-333-7106 fax



Michigan Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports

Marilyn Lieber, President and CEO

P.O. Box 27187

Lansing, MI 48909

(517) 347-7891

(517) 347-8145 fax



Minnesota Council on Physical Activity and Sports

Christine Kimber

Physical Activity Coordinator

PO Box 64882

St. Paul, MN 55164-0882


651-201-5800 fax



Mississippi Governor's Commission on Physical Fitness

Cathy Ward

Physical Address:

1018 East Street

Mendenhall , MS 39114

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 55913

Jackson, MS 39215


601-576-7444 fax,0,270.html



Montana Nutrition and Physical Activity Program

Cathy Costakis, Physcial Activity Coordinator

Physical Address:

175 Marga Hosaeus Health and PE Complex

Montana State University

Bozeman, MT 59717

Mailing Address:

Department of Health and Human Development

P.O. Box 173360

Bozeman, MT 59717-3360


406-994-5699 fax



Nebraska Governor's Council on Health Promotion

Jamie Hahn, Program Manager

Nebraska Dept of Health and Human Services

301 Centennial Mall South-PO Box 95026

Lincoln, NE 68509-5026


402-471-6446 fax


New Hampshire

New Hampshire Governor's Council on Physical Activity & Health

Travis Horne, Chair

P.O. Box 617

Concord, NH 03302

603-224-7447 x223.

603- 224-6093 fax


New Jersey

New Jersey Council on Physical Fitness & Sports

Karin Millie, Public Health Consultant

50 E. State Street, 6th Floor

PO Box 364

Trenton, NJ 08625-0364


609-292-3580 fax


New Mexico

New Mexico Healthier Weight Council

Lisa McNichol Gatan

New Mexico Department of Health

5301 Central Ave NE, Suite 800

Albuquerque, NM 87108


505-841-5865 fax


New York

BeActive New York State

Phil Haberstro, Co-Chair

c/o Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo

65 Niagara Square, Room 607

Buffalo, NY 14202


716-851-4309 fax


North Carolina

Be Active North Carolina

Debi Nelson, Director

Office of Healthy Carolinians and Health Education

Division of Public Health, DHHS

Physical Address:

5505 Six Forks Road, 1stFloor D Suite

Raleigh, NC 27609

Courier 56-20-00

Mailing address:


1922 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, NC 27699-1922

(919)707-5150 /5155

(919) 870-4811fax


North Dakota

Healthy North Dakota

Melissa Olsen, Director

North Dakota Department of Health

600 E. Blvd. Ave.

Bismarck, ND 58505-0200

(701) 328-4908

(701) 328-4727 fax



Healthy Ohio

Linda Scovern, Program Director

Ohio Dept. of Health

246 North High Street, 8thFL

Columbus, OH 43215-2429


614-564-2409 fax



Oklahoma Governor's Council on Physical Fitness & Sports

Dianne Busch , Executive Secretary

P.O. Box 20513 Oklahoma City, OK 73156




Pennsylivannia Governor's Advisory Council on Physical Fitness and Sports

Jessica Zilka

Pennsylvania Department of Health

625 Forster Street Room

Health and Welfare Building, Room 1000

Harrisburg, PA 17120

717- 787-5876

717- 783-5498 fax


Pennsylvania Advocates for Nutrition and Activity (PANA)

Executive Director

Dept. of Public Health Sciences, A210

Penn State University, College of Medicine

600 Centerview Dr., Suite 2200

Hershey, PA 17033

717- 531-1440

717- 531-3922


Rhode Island

Rhode Island Initiative for a Healthy Weight

Angela Ankoma, Physical Activity Coordinator

Rhode Island Department of Health

3 Capitol Hill, Room 408

Providence, RI 02908


401-222-4415 fax


The New England Coalition for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (NECON)

Bertram Yaffe, President

2 Regency Plaza, Apt 912

Providence, RI 02903



South Carolina

South Carolina Governor's Council on Physical Fitness

Jay Daniels, Executive Director

Bureau of Community Health and Chronic Disease Prevention


1800 St. Julian Place , 3RD Floor

Columbia, SC 29072


803-545-4512 fax


Eat Smart Move More South Carolina

Amy Splittgerber, Partnership Coordinator

PO Box 3007

Irmo, SC 29063




Tennessee Governor's Council on Physical Fitness & Sport

Laurie Stanton, Executive Director

425 5th Avenue North, 5th Fl., Cordell Hull Bldg

Nashville, TN 37243


615-532-7189 fax



Texas Governor's Advisory Council on Physical Fitness

Terry Zrubek, Governor's Advisor

Physical Address:

1100 San Jacinto Current Blvd.

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 12428

Austin, TX 78711

512- 475-3547

512- 463-1975 fax



The Utah Council for Worksite Health Promotion

Brett McIff, Physical Activity Coordinator

Utah Department of Health

288 North 1460 West, PO Box 142107

Salt Lake City, UT 84114


801-538-9495 fax



Vermont Governor's Council on Physical Fitness & Sports

Suzanne Kelly, Physical Activity Coordinator

Vermont Department of Health

Office of Health Improvement

P.O. Box 70

Burlington, VT 05402


802-651-1634 fax



Washington Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity

Jane Moore, Executive Director

2102 N Vassault St

Tacoma, WA 98406-2521



West Virginia

WV Healthy Lifestyles Coalition

Kristy Blower, Program Coordinator

WV Office of Healthy Lifestyles

350 Capitol Street Room 206

Charleston, WV 25301


304-558-1553 fax



Wisconsin Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Health

Coral Butson, Advisor

115 East State Capitol

Madison, WI 53702


608-261-6804 fax



Wyoming Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports

Rich Vincent


P.O. Box 1781,

Cheyenne WY 82003


Healthy People 2020

Healthy People is a program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that sets health objectives for the nation for a ten-year period. The current set of objectives, launched in December 2010, is referred to as Healthy People 2020 (hp2020).

The Department actively sought input from the public as well as the numerous non-profit organizations dedicated to improving the Nation's health.  They developed a Healthy People Consortium (of which NCPPA is a member)  that represents  a diverse, motivated and dedicated group of agencies and organizations committed to working together to help achieve Healthy People 2020's health goals and objectives for the nation.


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services requested public comments in late 2009 on the draft set of proposed objectives for HP2020. Individuals and organizations were invited to comment on the proposed objectives and topic areas and to suggest additional objectives and topic areas that they felt might be missing from the draft set.  NCPPA sent out several notifications regarding the request for comments on the Physical Activity objectives as well as offering comments ourselves. Below you can find a few sets of comments including our own.

HP 2020 Comments


HP 2020 Physical Activity Objectives


 Click here to view the final HP2020 Objectives around Physical Activity.


For more information on HP2020, please visit the Healthy People 2020 website.