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Let’s Talk about the Weather

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Let’s talk about the weather. In designing physical activity interventions -- or even personal plans -- outdoor conditions are more than just small talk. Northern states in many months must consider snow pile on sidewalks, dangerously low temperatures, and impossibility of bicycling. Some larger places like Minneapolis have interconnected covered walking systems that allow freedom of movement without concern for ... Read More »

What is a practitioner?

The National Physical Activity Society grew out of an organization that was originally, circa 2006, called the National Society for Physical Activity Practitioners in Public Health1. About five years ago the board determined that “in Public Health” was too limiting. With the proliferation of organizations and professions around the country contributing to physical activity, the board realized that the organizational ... Read More »

Poster and Slide Show: Survey of PAPH

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Open the poster image as a pdf to zoom in on the image: Poster NPAS Feb 2016 What's missing PAPH workforce ALR. Results of the 2016 member survey describe professionals in the physical activity and public health (PAPH) workforce and identify top training needs. The poster describes the longevity and advanced education of participants. More than 90% of respondents are white, ... Read More »

Physical Activity Recommendations: Then, Now, and What to Expect in the Near Future

by Marzell I Gray, NPAS Board Member Physical activity is movement that elevates the heart above normal resting states.  The question that is asked a lot is: What is the difference between physical activity and exercise?  Exercise is planned, structured, and repetitive activity. Physical activity typically involves day to day movements that in response, increase heart rate beyond the resting ... Read More »

Blog Post: Ten Reasons to Be Optimistic 

from the November/December 2016 newsletter Dear Physical Activity Professional, We are living in changing times. In predictions about future public health funding, uncertainty appears to be the word of the day. In that light, I offer the following points of optimism for our field:  Funding for physical activity strategies in public health has never been commensurate with their potential impact. Yet ... Read More »

Member Editorial: Implementing School Physical Activity

The Great Unknown: Best Practices for the Implementation of Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs Justin B. Moore, PhD, MS, FACSM NPAS Member Although few things are known in science, as it relates to public health practice, we know with a high degree of certainty about physical activity and youth. For example, physical activity promotes health in youth, most youth spend ... Read More »

Physical Activity and Public Health Course, September 2016

By Pam Eidson, MEd, PAPHS If you’ve taken one of these courses over the past two decades, you might think of it as the course that took place in Hilton Head island or Park City, Utah. This year, the first I attended, they’ve moved to Columbia, South Carolina, home of the sponsoring University of South Carolina. Arguably an opportunity for ... Read More »

We want to hear from you!

Free Webinar Move US More: NPAS Unveils Upcoming Activities, Free Membership, & More August 15, 2016 | 1:00 pm EDT Register here It's been quite awhile since we have held a webinar to update on activities of the National Physical Activity Society, and this time we have something truly exciting to offer: Free Membership! The board has decided to suspend ... Read More »

Pokemon GO Gets People Moving

By Pam Eidson, NPAS Executive Director The most frequent argument in our household is over screen time. Kids vs adults, kid vs kid, adult vs adult -- arguing about how to tell kids enough is enough. Minecraft, Terraria, and a host of other non-violent video games lure my kids in. They get excited enough about games to spend entire conversations ... Read More »

Watts Is Worth It

By John Jones III As a long-time resident of Watts in Los Angeles, California, I started a bicycling club called the East Side Riders with my father in 2007, with the aim of serving the community and improving bike safety in the area. Ten years ago, people would have associated Watts more with gang activity than with bicycling. Since then, ... Read More »

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