Sunday , February 18 2018

Recording: Activity Advocates: NCPPA

Note from NPAS:

This webinar is different from most of our webinars. NPAS frequently addresses ‘little p policies,’ such as zoning policy or worksite wellness or safe routes to school.

This webinar addresses so-called “Big P Policy”: What’s happening at the national level on legislative issues. No federal funds are used in the making of this webinar. However, the webinar itself should not be misconstrued for lobbying.

Competencies for Physical Activity in Public Health Practitioners (identified on our web site under certification) include several that address knowledge of legislative issues. For example:

CORE COMPETENCY 3.4: Identify internal and external issues, such as changes and trends in financing, regulation, legislation and policies that may impact delivery of public health physical activity services.

CORE COMPETENCY 4.5: Understand and communicate theories and mechanisms of policy development and appropriations, including how political and organizational agendas are set and pursued, to impact public health.

CORE COMPETENCY 5.4: Demonstrate/Maintain knowledge in the roles of federal, state, and local government and specific legislative processes to address policy changes that impact physical activity.

NPAS recognizes that learning from partners who address these issues is important for the purpose of being informed on trends, mechanisms of policy development, knowledge of legislative processes, and policies that may impact delivery of public health physical activity services.



The National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity (NCPPA) is a diverse blend of associations, health organizations, and private corporations advocating for policies that encourage Americans of all ages to be physically active. Through policy change -- including legislative actions by members with that capability -- advocates want to transform communities, workplaces, schools, and other environments where people spend a majority of their time into places that make people want to be more physically active. If it is not a policy issue we are leading or working on directly, we want to communicate and amplify the work of others. 

Join this webinar to learn more about the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity and how collective discussion, national collaborations and partnerships and action benefits approaches to increasing physical activity. We'll also give an update on what's been happening in Congress as related to physical activity. 



Recorded Webinar: Activity Advocates: NCPPA

Some of the resources mentioned:

1. Sign up for the NCPPA newsletter:

2. Register to watch the July 19-21 PA Guidelines Advisory Committee meeting:

3. Learn more about the CEO Pledge

4. NPAS's webinar from early 2017 about the process for developing the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines.



Ayanna McKnight is fellow at the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity (NCPPA) where she manages the day-to-day operations of the coalition. Prior to joining NCPPA, Ayanna completed a Nutrition & Wellness fellowship at Convergence Center for Policy Resolution. She received her MPH from the University of South Florida and her undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech.

Tom Richards, J.D. is the director of corporate engagement for the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and immediate past-president of the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity (NCPPA). Previously, he served as co-chair of the Business & Industry sector of the original national physical activity plan, which developed the CEO Pledge for Physical Activity. Prior to joining ACE, Tom held the position of senior legislative counsel for the International, Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association. Tom is a graduate of Northeastern University Law School and Fairfield University.

Laurie Whitsel, Ph.D. is Director of Policy Research for the American Heart Association (AHA), helping to translate science into policy at a national level in the areas of cardiovascular disease and stroke prevention and health promotion. She is past president of the NCPPA and current chair of the policy committee. Whitsel also serves on the Board of Directors for the Health Enhancement Research Organization. She received her Ph.D. in nutrition science from Syracuse University.


PDF of the Slides: 07 17 2017 NPAS Webinar Activity Advocates FINAL

CEC certificate 07172017

About Pam Eidson

Pam Eidson is executive director of the National Physical Activity Society.

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