by Laura Fillenwarth
The first-ever U.S. National Physical Activity Plan was released yesterday, and we were pleased to see that schools play a significant role in this effort to make physical activity a regular part of Americans’ lives.
In partnership with Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Campaign, and to reverse the nation’s alarming obesity trend, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Prevention Research Center at the University of South Carolina along released the first National Activity Plan with a collection of partner organizations.
The National Physical Activity Plan is a comprehensive blueprint for promoting physical activity in the American population. Similar plans have been successful in other countries, including Canada, Finland, Scotland, and the UK.
In order to empower all Americans to be physically active, the plan tackles a variety of settings including public health; health care; education; parks, recreation, fitness, and sports; transportation, urban design and community planning; business and industry; volunteer and non-profit organizations; and the mass media.
Many of the plan’s recommendations are in line with HSC’s approach to creating school environments that support wellness. For example, one of the strategies for education is to “develop and implement state and school district policies requiring school accountability for the quality and quantity of physical education.” Other strategies include providing access to physical activity before and after school and promoting physical activity in early childhood settings.
Yesterday’s launch included a press conference and congressional briefings sponsored by Senator Tom Harkin and Congressman Ron Kind were held that afternoon. The National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity (NCPPA) will lead the implementation following the launch.