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ACSM Helps Launch New National Physical Activity Plan

From April 26: The new U.S. National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP) was unveiled last Wednesday at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The new edition builds upon the initial plan that the NPAP Alliance released in 2010 as a roadmap for actions supporting and encouraging physical activity among all Americans. ACSM is a founding member of the NPAP Alliance and has played a key role throughout in the development of the original plan and this new plan. The 2016 plan aims to foster a national culture that supports physically active lifestyles. Its ultimate purpose is to improve health, prevent disease and disability, and enhance quality of life. Click here to view the new plan.

Like the original plan, the 2016 plan was developed through a process that engaged hundreds of professionals, researchers and leaders from public and private organizations. These individuals contributed to the work of nine expert panels, each of which focused on one societal sector. These nine sectors – business and industry; community recreation, fitness and parks; education; faith-based settings; health care; mass media; public health; sport; and transportation, land use and community design – provide the organizational framework. The sports and faith-based sectors are new to the 2016 plan. Each expert panel reviewed the 2010 plan and recommended enhancements, refinements and additions to the strategies and tactics that comprise the core content for its sector. Again, ACSM played key roles in every phase of the process. ACSM President-elect chaired the writing panel on health care, ACSM CEO Jim Whitehead on sports, and ACSM Fellows Nico Pronk on business and industry and Jim Morrow on education. Olympic Marathon champion Joan Benoit Samuelson (pictured; far left) was present at the event to help launch the new plan.

The Congressional Fitness Caucus and the Congressional Bicycle Caucus jointly hosted a briefing on Wednesday in the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center, with Members of the U.S. House and Senate present. During the briefing, several members of Congress signed the Congressional Commitment to advance physical fitness and health. The Congressional Commitment was created by the Global Alliance for Health & Performance, which was jointly founded by ACSM and the Johnson & Johnson Health and Wellness Solutions, Inc. more

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