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The economic issues related to physical activity across the United States and what opportunities exist for research, policy and practice.

When: 9/25/2012
9:30am - 12:30pm
Where: Pew Charitable Trusts
901 E St. NW
Washington, District of Columbia  20004
United States
Contact: Melissa Merson

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The Economics of Physical Activity
Tuesday, September 25th
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
The Pew Charitable Trusts, 901 E St. NW Washington, DC 20004-2008

What: A distinguished panel of forward-thinking economists, thought leaders and policy analysts who will discuss the economic issues related to physical activity across the United States and what opportunities exist for research, policy and practice. There will be an interactive, moderated discussion between the panelists and the audience after the formal presentations.
  • What are the economic ramifications for a nation suffering from an epidemic of inactivity?
  • Is there a return on investment if we expand our infrastructure for physical activity opportunities?
  • Can we increase cost-savings for our nation’s health care system by increasing physical activity and physical fitness in the U.S.? How do we account for those cost-savings?
  • How could federal, state, and local governments account for the benefits of physical activity in budgeting, programming, and grant-making?
  • What would be the economic benefits to corporations with more physically active employees?
This forum will serve as a starting point for future events such as webinars resources, and publications that will explore the issues and answer the questions on the economics of physical activity. The forum will continue to inform NCPPA’s work in promoting policy change at the federal level, talking to policy makers and decision makers about the importance of increasing physical activity across the United States

Select Panelists:
  • Brad Humphreys, Ph.D. is a professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Alberta. His research is on the economics of participation in physical activity and exercise and the economics of higher education. He twice testified before the United States Congress on the economic impact of professional sports facilities.
  • Jane E. Ruseski, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Alberta. She has also served as an economist at the Federal Trade Commission; and the Deputy Director for Research and Methodology at the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission. She is currently conducting research on the economic determinants of health behaviors and an evaluation of health care reform policies; and comparative analyses of efficiency, productivity and outcomes at the health care system level.
  • Bill Hoagland, Ph,D., CIGNA’s vice president for public policy, has previously served as one of the first staff members of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office and as staff director for the Senate Budget Committee. He was a key participant in efforts to write the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings budget reform law, the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990, and the 1995 Balanced Budget Act. He later worked for Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, as his senior policy advisor on budget and financial matters, a position he held until he retired from the Senate in 2007. He recently served on the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Debt Reduction Task Force and a member of the Petersen-Pew Deficit Reduction Task Force.
RSVP by September 20th to Melissa Merson, Executive Director, NCPPA at

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