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Hello Physical Activity Society Members, Thank you for your membership with the National Physical Activity Society. As a Board, we hope we are meeting your needs with information, education, and professional resources to help you better promote physical activity for people of all ages and abilities in your work locally. As the Society continues to grow and support the work ... Read More »

How much PA should adults get?

How do you communicate Physical Activity Guidelines? At the mid-July advisory committee meeting for the forthcoming 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, this topic of interpreting and describing the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (key findings at bottom of page) arose. Aside from the issue that the notion of 3 days a week of aerobic exercise is still out there, ... Read More »

Scholarships to the National Walking Summit

The National Physical Activity Society is offering scholarships to attend the National Walking Summit in St Paul, Minnesota, September 13-15, 2017. Purpose The National Physical Activity Society is a sponsor of the 2017 National Walking Summit. As part of our professional development, NPAS is creating a scholarship program to offer five (5) full scholarships to the summit. The primary purposes ... 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 »

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 »

NPAS Matrix


Welcome to the State Resources Matrix Listed below are links to physical activity resources that have been developed by state and national organizations. The resources include items such as  state information and data, tool kits, intervention strategies, awards programs and evaluation methods. You can select information by State or by the categories listed below. Read More »

State Indicator Report on Physical Activity, 2010

State Indicator Report on Physical Activity, 2010 State Indicator Report on Physical Activity, 2010 National Action Guide Data-to-Action PowerPoint (ppt) designed for practitioners to use when presenting the State Indicator Report on Physical Activity data to partners & other stakeholders. The PowerPoint includes speaker notes and customizable slides in which each state can insert their own data. If you have ... Read More »

ACSM / NSPAPPH Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist (PAPHS) Certification

Available now at over 4300 Pearson VUE testing centers. The National Society for Physical Activity Practitioners in Public Health (NSPAPPH) in collaboration with ACSM launches new specialty certification: ACSM/NSPAPPH Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist (PAPHS). ACSM Certification is leading the way with the National Society for Physical Activity Practitioners in Public Health to offer a specialty certification for professionals ... Read More »

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