National Physical Activity Plan Congress
Saturday, February 28, 2015
In preparation for updating the National Physical Activity Plan, which was published in 2010, the National Activity Plan Alliance convened a two-day Congress of leaders in government, academia, non-profit, and for-profit sectors to provide advice on what has been learned and how the landscape has changed. DHPE was represented by our CEO Susan Goekler. The Plan is a comprehensive set of policies, programs, and initiatives that aim to increase physical activity in all segments of the American population. The Plan 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 current National Physical Activity Plan contains recommendations 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, and Volunteer and Non-Profit. A new revised plan will add the faith-based sector.
Several principles guide the Plan:
- Use evidence to inform the Plan's actions to promote physical activity.
- Include initiatives for all socio-demographic groups.
- Aim actions at local, state, federal, and institutional levels.
- Encourage the involvement of diverse stakeholders to guide the content of the Plan.
- Ground the Plan in the ecological model of health behavior.
- Ensure that the Plan's initiatives reduce health disparities across socio-demographic groups.
- Present the Plan as a "living document" that is updated on a regular basis.
Look for opportunities to provide input during the next year.