Voices of the NPAP

Dr. Steven Blair


Steven N. Blair
Professor, Departments of Exercise Science and Epidemiology/Biostatistics
Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina



Which of the 8 Sectors are you involved in and why did you choose that particular sector?

I worked with several sectors. My major interests are in Public Health, Health Care, Business and Industry, and Volunteer and Non-Profit Organizations. I have worked with groups in these sectors in various capacities over the past several decades. All eight sectors are important, but the four listed here are where I have a bit of expertise and may be able to make small contributions.

What's most exciting to you about the U.S. having a National Physical Activity Plan?

The most exciting thing is that we finally have a National Physical Activity Plan, thus joining the ranks of many other countries around the world. Physical inactivity is a major public health problem in the U.S., and it does not get nearly enough attention from our national institutions. If we are going to make progress in managing this health care crisis, we must implement the National Plan and get more Americans more active more often.

What will success of the NPAP look like to you in 3 years, 5 years? 10 years?

I hope that in 3 years we will have substantially more research funds for work in several of the sectors. We clearly must design, implement, and evaluate physical activity interventions in clinical, public health, occupational, educational, and transportation areas. In 5 years I hope that we will see a decrease in the percentage of Americans who are physically inactive. In 10 years I would love to see as much attention given to physical inactivity as is now given to nutrition and obesity. This would include an equal number of pages in the popular and scientific press, number of professionals in clinical medicine and public health, and research dollars devoted to physical inactivity for both physical inactivity and nutrition/obesity.


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