By Kate Olscamp, Communications Coordinator with the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance

“The world needs to get serious about physical activity,” proclaim Pamela Das and Richard Horton in The Lancet’s most recent series on Physical Activity. For decades we have been engineering physical activity out of our everyday lives. Recent global estimates suggest that 5 million deaths each year can be attributed to not meeting physical activity recommendations.  …

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

Washington, DC – The new U.S. National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP) was unveiled Wednesday, April 20, 2016 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.…

Cross-posted from the National Physical Activity Plan

The effort to review, update, refine, and expand the National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP) has been underway for over a year. As part of the revision process, the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance would like to invite public comment on a draft of the updated NPAP. …

Cross-posted from the National Physical Activity Plan

What is physical literacy? The National Physical Activity Plan Commentary Series continues this month with two different perspectives. Read on to learn more.

Physical Literacy: More than Just a New Fad by E. Paul Roetert, Ph.D., FACSM

One of the earliest mentions of the term physical literacy in an academic journal was in 1938.…

Written on behalf of the National Physical Activity Plan

The National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP) commentary series, a bi-monthly e-publication designed to draw attention to timely and thought-provoking issues in physical activity and public health, released its third installment December 1, 2015. These opinion essays aim to generate momentum to advance the field of physical activity and public health.…

This summer, the NPAP Alliance introduced its new commentary series –

NPAP Commentaries on Physical Activity and Health

The commentary series is intended to be a bi-monthly e-publication designed to draw attention to timely and thought-provoking issues in physical activity and public health.  Ultimately, the primary aim of these opinion essays is to generate momentum to advance the field of physical activity and public health.…

Written by the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance (NPAPA)

In the coming months, the National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP) will celebrate its 5th anniversary at the 2015 National Physical Activity Plan Congress. Since its launch, the NPAP has acted as a roadmap to policy makers and advocates to create a more physically active nation.…

By IHRSA

One of the nation’s greatest public health policy successes of the past ten years may be the widespread implementation of corporate wellness policies.

In fact, a recent notice from the Federal government states, “The Departments believe that appropriately designed wellness programs have the potential to contribute importantly to promoting health and preventing disease.” In this case, “the Departments” refer to the US Department of Health and Human Services, the US Department of Labor, and the US Department of the Treasury.…

By NPAP

The National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP) will have reached success when the vast majority of Americans regularly meet or surpass the Physical Activity Guidelines. The NPAP has over 250 evidence-based recommendations for changes in the policies and systems that guide the environments in which we live, work, learn, play, and commute.…

By IHRSA

The National Physical Activity Plan is a multi-sectoral blueprint for creating a more robust culture of physical activity. It’s appropriately aspirational, but grounded in practical objectives. Much like Healthy People 2020, it’s great strength is its ability to unite powerful forces of change around common goals.

But the magnitude of the project – creating a cultural shift of national proportions – can feel overwhelming.…