NCPPA is the leading force in the country promoting physical activity and fitness initiatives. We are a diverse blend of associations, health organizations, and private corporations, advocating for policies that encourage Americans of all ages to become more physically active.
The National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity’s mission is to unite the strengths of public, private, and industry efforts into collaborative partnerships that inspire and empower all Americans to lead more physically active lifestyles.
Since its formalization in 1996, the NCPPA created a network of state physical activity coalitions, produced community action and media advocacy kits designed to help organizations promote physical activity. Its headquarters are located in Washington, D.C.
NCPPA supports a broad spectrum of policies that:
-Promote increased physical activity and improve health for all people in the United States – from youth to older adult – through wide-ranging policies in transportation, environment, education, work site, health, and other areas.
-Combat preventable chronic disease and obesity through a focus on increased physical activity, recognizing activity’s important role in energy balance.
-Responsibly use tax policies and other financial measures to encourage changes in behavior that can lead to increasing levels of physical activity and reducing chronic diseases related to inactivity, with an emphasis on easing the financial burden of and barriers to participation.
-Incorporate the promotion of physical activity in health care and education reform measures.
-Place a special focus on those with greatest risk for preventable chronic disease in part due to physical inactivity, including certain racial and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, and those living in urban, suburban, and rural communities adversely effected by socio-economic issues.
-Pursue emerging opportunities to meaningfully promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles through policy.