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Russell Pate, NPAP BloggerRussell R. Pate, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Exercise Science in Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina.  Pate is a national authority on physical activity in children and youth with more than 25 years experience studying physical fitness, measurement of physical activity, determinants of physical activity, and physical activity interventions.  Pate is Chair of the Coordinating Committee for the development of the first National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP) for the United States.

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Opportunity to Comment on Draft National Physical Activity Plan

by NPAP March 17, 2010

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The launch of the National Physical Activity Plan is set for May 3, 2010.  This date will represent the culmination of a two year long effort to produce the first U.S. National PA Plan.  The goal is to kick off a long-term social movement to have more Americans meet federal PA Guidelines.  We’re highly encouraged by the attention the Plan and its launch are garnering from top public health officials as well as grassroots organizations at local levels.  However, before the some critical steps must be taken, each offering opportunities for individual and organizational involvement. 

Draft 1 of the Plan was disseminated for comment in January.  Did you see it?  If not, please contact us so that you can review and comment on subsequent drafts.  Working Groups representing each of the 8 societal sectors targeted in the Plan are now reviewing those comments in preparation for Draft 2, which will be disseminated for comment in mid March. 

It is important that this second draft be as widely disseminated as possible.  We will engage all those who have been involved in the process to date, as well as those who sign on now in reviewing  Draft 2.   Once the Draft 2 comments are reviewed and integrated, the final version of the plan will be prepared for the May 3rd launch.

The U.S. National Physical Activity Plan will be a web-based document.  This format will allow for ease of use, significant reach, and regular updating as progress is made.  A simple click of the mouse will enable a business owner, school principal, urban planner, or elected official to advance any one recommendation action or series of recommended actions.

How would you like to be involved with the National Physical Activity Plan?  How can the plan best be implemented?


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National Physical Activity Plan for the U.S.

by NPAP November 17, 2009

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As important as the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans are, we know that simply telling people what they should do will not necessarily enable them to act.  So, in 2007 I was excited when colleagues at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encouraged me to coordinate the process of developing a National Physical Activity Plan for the U.S.  To best enable increases in population levels of physical activity, we must create environments that are conducive to being active.  The National Physical Activity Plan will do just that.  A primary goal of the Plan is to encourage policy makers to affect activity-supportive change at local, state and federal levels. Proper execution of the Plan will bring about the changes necessary to allow more Americans to meet the Physical Activity Guidelines.  

Where did the impetus for the National Physical Activity Plan start?  Over the past 15 years physical activity has assumed an increasingly high profile in the public health community…in the U.S. and worldwide.  Key landmarks have included production of the U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity and Health in 1996 and release of the first Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans in 2008.  I was privileged to serve on the Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee, and so I believe I understand well the strengths and limitations of the Guidelines.  Strengths include a very solid grounding in the pertinent scientific evidence and comprehensive recommendations for all segments of the American society.  But, by design, the Guidelines do not address the changes that we need to make in our society to enable many more people to meet the Guidelines. 

What changes will you make in your setting to increase the physical activity levels of your family members, friends and neighbors?   How might you or your organization become involved in The Plan?  If you’re not involved already and want to become so, please contact us.

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