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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 »

A Kansas Story: Abilene

I am extremely lucky to get to work with communities in Kansas to use policy to improve the health of rural residents.  For the past three years, the Kansas Health Foundation has provided grants to support communities working on active transportation and healthy, affordable food access local-level policies.  As a staff attorney at the Public Health Law Center, I get ... Read More »

Board nominations

The National Physical Activity Society is seeking nominations for the Board of Directors. Nominees will be selected to serve as volunteers on the Board for a three-year term beginning July 1, 2016. Our Board is interested in making sure we have a diverse skill set and that we capture a variety of voices in the community. This year, we are ... Read More »

Street Design for Accessibility

By Chris Danley Vitruvian Planning Board member, National Physical Activity Society The term “accessible” (and its offshoots) is one that gets tossed around in plans and meetings by people with great intentions. Often it gets lost in translation when it comes to practical implementation. For many, accessibility means having basic facilities in their cities to either walk or ride a ... Read More »

Musings on Research to Practice

by Pam Eidson, MEd, PAPHS, NPAS Executive Director About a decade ago, I organized a symposium on getting health promotion research into practice. Many of the Prevention Research Centers were present, along with health promotion directors from state health departments. The primary conclusion I left with: Little about the academic work environment rewards researchers for getting their findings into public ... Read More »

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