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National Physical Activity Plan: What's at Stake?

by IHRSA October 12, 2011

The National Physical Activity Plan is an ambitious, comprehensive, and vital blueprint for creating a more active culture. It embodies the principles and best ideas formulated by folks steeped in the urgent effort to increase physical activity among all Americans. Already it is having an impact.

But there is a significant barrier. And it is one that must be overcome before the vision of the Plan can be fully realized.

It is the misconception that the ultimate goal of the National Physical Activity Plan is to promote physical activity. It isn't.

The ultimate goal of the National Physical Activity Plan is to save lives - millions of lives - and to improve the overall health and wellbeing of every American.

It is a goal worthy of the full attention of policymakers and thought leaders. And given the staggering cost of obesity and chronic diseases in this country - coupled with the dismal forecast for the life expectancy of America's current generation of children - it is a seriously urgent goal that requires immediate action.


Last month, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly held a high-level meeting to discuss the devastating impact that non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are having around the world. Not surprisingly, they reached the very conclusion that prompted the development of our country's own National Physical Activity Plan two years ago:

The resolution that resulted from the meeting recognized "the critical importance of reducing the level of expsoure of individuals and populations to the common modifiable risk factors for non-communicable diseases, namely, tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, and the harmful use of alcohol, and their determinants while at the same time strengthening the capacity of individuals and populations to make healthier choices and follow lifestyle patterns that foster good health."

In a recent editorial published by McClatchy Newspapers, Joe Moore, President and CEO of the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), connected the pressing nature of the UN resolution directly to the National Physical Activity Plan.

"As UN members formulate a coordinated strategy to prevent and control NCDs around the globe, we need to consider our own efforts," Moore wrote. "What can we do, as a united nation, to fight back the NCDs that we've let grow out of control in our own backyards?"

He continues, "Our country's first-ever National Physical Activity Plan lays out a vision that one day, all Americans will be physically active and will live, work, and play in environments that facilitate regular physical activity. Its ultimate purpose is to improve health, prevent disease and disability, and enhance quality of life."

In short, the National Physical Activity Plan is about making America strong again.

And that demands attention.

What are your ideas on what else we can do to emphasize the urgency of the National Physical Activity Plan? How do we get policymakers and opinion leaders to pay attention? What is your organization doing?

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Comments

10/12/2011 10:16:57 PM #


“Are you contagious?” – This question is often posed by citizens who are at risk for catching an illness. Non-communicable diseases, however, spark no such question. But should they? Non-communicable diseases, such as obesity, have grown over time to the point where they are socially acceptable, yet healthily unacceptable. Joe Moore’s vision, that one day “all Americans will be physically active and will live, work, and play in environments that facilitate regular physical activity” is an excellent image, but I believe that physical activity education can be easily to compared to a mother saying “Be careful!” each time her child drives to school. Almost reaching the year 2012, students, educators, and policymakers alike have heard statistics, information, and warnings about obesity since they were young. To answer the question presented in the post, America needs to attack this issue from a different angle. The National Physical Activity Plan can persuade policymakers and organizations by insisting that these diseases are contagious, and that they are infection our nation.

Ehlepper United States |

10/24/2011 10:45:11 PM #

The ultimate goal of the National Physical Activity Plan is to save lives - millions of lives - and to improve the overall health and well being of every American. (Link Removed)

Betty Gaudreau United States |

10/24/2011 10:46:13 PM #

my suggestion for this is to help the other people to maintain there lives in this world

Betty Gaudreau United States |

10/24/2011 11:26:01 PM #

The ultimate goal of the National Physical Activity Plan is to save lives - millions of lives - and to improve the overall health and well being of every American.

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Betty Gaudreau United States |

10/24/2011 11:35:54 PM #

The activities in our country is good for the whole Americans in your place because physical fitness is important to us no one can exempted to perform a physical fitnes.

Betty Gaudreau United States |

10/26/2011 10:10:36 AM #

This is a very good article!. I agree all the way!(:
Many things at stake!

Olivia Breez United States |

10/26/2011 10:16:47 AM #

I think this is a very good article but not every one in America is always going to be physically active.

Joanie United States |

10/26/2011 11:07:38 AM #

I agree with this article because it is important to stay active and healthy!!(:

Tori<3 United States |

10/26/2011 11:08:41 AM #

I think it's cool that you are saving lives everyday by helping them loose weight in their own way.

trevor craigen United States |

10/26/2011 11:09:33 AM #

I disagree with this article, because everyone knows what they are getting themselves into when they choose to not eat right and exercise. They all know the consequences, they just don't want to think about it!

SoftballFreak2015 United States |

10/26/2011 11:10:32 AM #

i agree totally , in my school there is only 1 semester required of phisical activity , wich is hurting the usa , somthing should be done

savannah bautsch United States |

11/3/2011 11:20:49 AM #

Nice Blog, I am really enjoy with National Physical Activity Plan

Thanks
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