NYC Mayor Bloomberg ‘Taking Steps’ to Help New Yorkers Stay Active

Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals to hold 2013 Professional Development Seminar

New York City Schools Get Students Active

Bloomfield New Jersey set to build bicycle-friendly routes

Support the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Act.

New report from Institute of Medicine supports NPAP redommendations for high quality PE and PA in schools.

National Physical Activity Plan Alliance to have exhibit booth at 60th Annual ACSM Meeting

Arthritis Foundation launches Physical Activity Plan

Structured recess shown to improve childrens’ physical activity

Every Body Walk! and Roll with the Surgeon General on May 15th from noon to 1pm.
Join Dr. Regina Benjamin, U.S. Surgeon General, and Kathy Greenlee, Administrator of the Administration for Community Living and Assistant Secretary for Aging, for a one mile Walk and Roll around Capitol Hill as part of the Surgeon General’s Every Body Walk! Initiative.

Toni Still Inspires Our MOVEment: Let’s Get Shaking During Instant Recess® May 7th

Toni Still Inspires Our MOVEment: Let’s Get Shaking During Instant Recess® May 7th

The National Physical Activity Plan Alliance loses one of its founders.
The National Physical Activity Plan Alliance has lost one of its founders, and the physical activity community is now without one of its most creative, energetic, and effective public health leaders. Antronette (Toni) Yancey, a professor at UCLA, lost her battle with cancer on April 24, 2013. She was a member of the small group that initiated the process that led to development of the National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP). She was instrumental in development of the Plan, chairing a group that reviewed drafts of the NPAP to insure that proper attention was given to reduction of disparities in physical activity across racial, ethnic, gender, and geographic groups. She served as a member of NPAP Coordinating Committee and as a member of the NPAP Alliance’s Board of Directors. Toni Yancey was a wonderful person and a powerful advocate for the role of physical activity in public health. She will be deeply missed by everyone associated with the NPAP.

Russell R. Pate
President, National Physical Activity Plan Alliance

NIH and ACSM Host Conference: Healthy Buildings, Healthy People, and Healthy Communities

Webinar Announcement: How State Helath Agencies can Support Effective Early Care and Education Initiatives to Meet Physical Activity Guidelines.

U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services teams up with U.S. Dept. of Transportation.

Celebrate World Day for Physical Activity on April 6th

13 Things Nations, Cities, Organizations, and Citizens Can Do to Support Walking in 2013

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Announces “Opening Day For Trails.” How will you celebrate?

Former Sgn. General Dr. David Satcher pushes for more PA in schools on NBC

University of Tennessee Study Identifies Keys to More Active Kids

Oklahoma City Pushes Policy to Get Kids Active

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services releases Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Midcourse Report – Strategies to Increase Physical Activity Among Youth. Read the report at

Kaiser Permanente, Safe Routes to School, and National PTA team up to get kids active.

NPAP Partner AAHPERD teams up with First Lady Obama


Free outdoor gyms seek to increase population physical activity

ACSM Inactivity Forum brings national attention

Utah Senator pushes for more physical activity in schools

NASPE Releases Shape of the Nation Report

Webinar: How State Public Health Agencies can Sustain and Support the Physical Activity Guidelines. Wednesday January 30, 2013 2:00-3:00 pm ET

Be Active North Carolina Establishes $1 Million fund to Increase Physical Activity

New report from highlights several U.S. initiatives setting the example for how to increase physical activity.

  • Bicycling (and Portland) stars in new global initiative to spur physical activity
  • Designed to Move Phyiscal Activity Action Agenda

Low physical activity seen as threat to national security

CDC releases New Vital Sign on Walking

  • Problem
  • Who’s at Risk
  • What Can Be Done
  • Science Behind this Issue

Upcoming webinar will highlight CDC’s Vital Signs Report on Walking.

New report highlights policies and standards for promoting physical activity in after school programs.

Bipartisan Policy Center calls for educating health care professionals on benefits of physical activity.

Arthritis Foundation calls for efforts to increase physical activity among people with arthritis.

Future of physical activity and public health brightened by Supreme Court Ruling. Below are links to statements from key public health organizations and friends of the NPAP.

  • Statement from American Public Health Association
  • Statement from Trust for America’s Health

American Institute of Architects to hold 7th annual public conference on designing the built environment to increase physical activity. Register today.

Bipartisan Policy Center on Nutrition and Physical Activity releases new report an economic impact of obesity.

  • Obesity epidemic threatens to bankrupt the nation
  • Bipartisan Policy Center Unveils Plan to Improve Nation’s Physical Health and Lower Health Care Costs
  • Lots to lose — How obesity is costing America

Dog owners more physically active, according to new CDC study.

NPAP partner Active Living Research launches new website with greater access to resources and tools for environmental and policy strategies for increasing physical activity.

Kaiser Permamente awards $6.5 million in grants to build more physically active communities.

Physical Activity takes center stage in IOM obesity report

  • Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention
  • Obesity Report Proposes Sweeping Changes In Schools, Communities, Workplaces
  • Multiple strategies are needed to help fight obesity, study suggests

HBO’s ‘Weight of the Nation’ documentary to air May 14, 2012

NPAP’s Dr. Toni Yancey receives CDC’s Community Mobilization Award

Childhood obesity a threat to national security.

President’s Council Announces Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients

May is Exercise is Medicine Month.

New research brief “Promoting Physical Activity through Shares Use of School and Community Recreational Resources” now available from Active Living Research

Collaborative efforts in Los Angeles bring NPAP Mass Media strategy to action

Kansas City recognizes the NPAP as critical element in developing a healthy economy

National Recreation and Parks Association announces free webinar for parks and health professionals, and anyone supporting physical activity for health.Thursday, April 19th, 2012. 

Is your community a Runner Friendly Community®?  The Road Runners Club of America is seeking applicants.  Register by clicking here.

Children in low-income neighborhoods with walking and bike trails are more physically active

College curriculum teaches National Physical Activity Plan concepts

Healthy neighborhoods equal healthy hearts

Creating a More Active America: Dr.  Jim Sallis discusses The National Physical Activity Plan

Healthy People/Healthy Economy Coalition looks to increase physical activity and decrease health care costs.

Minnesota proves benefit of partnerships for improving physical activity and health statewide

State-wide effort results in better fitness for California kids

National Bike to School day – May 9th

Bipartisan Policy Center holds forum on worksite wellness

  • Bipartisan Policy Center to Hold Forum on Institutions That Impact America’s Eating Habits and Promote Workplace Wellness on February 23 & 24
  • Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative

Dr. Jim Sallis highlights NPAP at Nutritional Science Conference

Teaching students about physical activity: Suggestions and ideas

$100 ,000 prizes for schools with the most innovative programs to get students active. Enter here.

West Virginia successfully launches state physical activity plan

Cupid Shuffle will have seniors and students moving

American Council on Exercise highlights NPAP in Fitness Industry Vision Report

Physical Activity in school linked to improved academic performance

Lack of physical activity bigger problem than obesity

Georgia state government committed to getting kids fit


National Physical Activity Plan partner, the Y, part of effective program to combat diabetes

West Virginia prepares to launch State physical activity plan modeled after Nataional Plan

National Physical Acitivity Plan a resource for improving military readiness

Strategies from National PA Plan’s Education Sector Impacts Local Schools.

International Cooperation is Key to Reversing the Global Obesity Epidemic

Massachusettes schools take National Physical Activity Plan recommendations to heart.

American Heart Association Praises UN Agreement on Non-communicable Diseases

American College of Sports Medicine announces National Youth Sports Safety Institute

National Physical Activity Plan Business and Industry Sector Launch CEO Pledge for Physical Activity

International Olympic Committee publishes Consensus Statement on health and fitness of youth.

Road Runners Club of America offers tools to help celebrate the Run@Work Day

United Nations looks to Physical Activity and Sports to combat disease.

Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation Announces Healthy Playground Makeover Sweepstakes

Texas takes the National Physical Activity Plan to heart, having kids walking to school.

Illinois companies honored for outstanding worksite wellness programs.

Los Angeles County passes strongest “Complete Streets” Policy in the Nation

YMCA of the USA plays key role in developing national physical activity standards for afterschool programs.

Former Health and Human Services secretaries Shalala and Leavitt part of new bipartisan physical activity policy center.
– National leaders look to Utah for ways to improve nutrition, physical health (Utah News)
– Trends over 5 Decades in U.S. Occupation-Related Physical Activity and Their Associations with Obesity (Bipartisan Policy Center)

Physical Education on the chopping block.
Read about the latest developments in federal legislation related to physical activity in schools.

Decreased physical activity in the workplace accounts for increased body weight in U.S. population.
– Less Active at Work, Americans Have Packed on Pounds (NY Times)
– Trends over 5 Decades in U.S. Occupation-Related Physical Activity and Their Associations with Obesity (PLoS ONE)

NPAP leaders James F. Sallis, Ph.D. and Judith C. Young, Ph.D.receive top honors from The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.

Video: Childhood Obesity: Quality Physical Education as a Solution
“The childhood obesity epidemic in America is a BIG problem. Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled; and nearly one third of children in America are now overweight or obese. This video focuses on one of the solutions – getting kids moving in school – and explains why Quality Physical Education can play such an important role in ending this epidemic.”

Employers concerned about the health and productivity of workers see the benefits of recess for adults.

First week of May is National PE and Sport week.

National Physical Activity Plan serves to inform the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Road Runners Club of America awards for runner-friendly communities.

Virginia Governor to veto legislation requiring physical education for children.

AAHPERD announces Let’s Move in School
“The goal of Let’s Move in School is to ensure that every school provides a comprehensive school physical activity program with quality physical education as the foundation so that youth will develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence to be physically active for a lifetime.”

North Carolina uses the NPAP to help families get active. (PDF)

Concord, NC considers local implementation of the NPAP through “complete streets.”

World Health Organization declares regular physical activity is critical in preventing cancer.

Winter weather underscores the importance of regular physical activity for improved academic performance.

WHO set to measure link between transport and health.

National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) cites National Physical Activity Plan in promoting community involvement

Seven Utah-based companies recognized by American Heart Association as being Physical Activity friendly.

Dr. Russ Pate speaks at National Press Club about the National Physical Activity Plan and Childhood Obesity

Florida and the American Heart Association push for mandatory physical education.

New Canaan, CT public schools embrace National Physical Activity Plan


The World Health Organization has published Global Recommendations on Physical Activity for Health, which includes physical activity recommendations for specific age groups.

National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity (NCPPA) releases NPAP implementation report: Make the Move

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services set to launch Healthy People 2020.
To attend the launch or participate via Web streaming, go to:

Two articles about Dr. Steven Blair’s lectures at Iowa State University:
Lecturer shares research revealing overweight does not indicate unhealthiness

Can you be fit and fat?

A call for health leaders to join the Federal Physical Activity Guidelines Coalition

Q&A: What’s the ‘built environment?’

National Physical Activity Plan featured at West Virginia physical activity symposium

National Public Radio story on physical activity features NPAP White Paper Author Adrian Bauman

Instant Recess promotes health for adults by making exercise a group activity

Steps to a healthier nation

National Physical Activity Plan aims to get Americans moving

New activity plan seeks to put PE back in school

National Physical Activity Plan Enlists a Village to Get Us Moving

National plan seeks to get Americans moving

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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