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The NPAP General Fact Sheet

Use this one-page introduction to promote the NPAP within your organization.  Copy and paste sections into press releases as needed.

The National Physical Activity Plan has a vision: One day, all Americans will be physically active and they will live, work, and play in environments that facilitate regular physical activity.

The National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP) was developed by a Coordinating Committee, which was made up of individuals from national organizations at the forefront of physical activity promotion and public health. The Committee utilized an open, transparent process that began in October 2006 and culminated in the NPAP’s launch in May 2010.

The Coordinating Committee worked closely with eight Sector Working Groups made up of over 300 individuals from government, non-government, private industry and non-profit organizations, to develop and refine the content of the NPAP.

The NPAP is a comprehensive set of policies, programs, and initiatives that aim to increase physical activity in all segments of the American population. The NPAP is the product of a private-public sector collaborative. Hundreds of organizations are working together to change our communities in ways that will enable every American to be sufficiently physically active.

The NPAP aims to create a national culture that supports physically active lifestyles. Its ultimate purpose is to improve health, prevent disease and disability, and enhance quality of life.

The U.S. National Physical Activity Plan is comprised of recommendations that are organized in eight societal sectors:

  • Business and Industry
  • Education
  • Health Care
  • Mass Media
  • Parks, Recreation, Fitness and Sports
  • Public Health
  • Transportation, Land Use, and Community Design
  • Volunteer and Non-Profit

Each sector presents strategies aimed at promoting physical activity. Each strategy also outlines specific tactics that communities, organizations and agencies, and individuals can use to address the strategy. Recognizing that some strategies encompass multiple sectors, the Plan also has several overarching strategies.

Detailed information about the NPAP and implementation efforts can be found at

Oliver Bartzsch is an experienced medical professional with over 15 years of professional experience. With a passion for medicine, fitness, and personal growth, he is always willing to challenge himself to accomplish tasks and especially to provide accurate medical information to people. Oliver is a long-time medical editor for multiple sites. With more than 10 years of medical writing experience, he has completed over 350 projects with both individual and corporate clients.


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