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ACSM Helping Develop National Physical Activity Plan for U.S.

ACSM is playing an integral role in the development of the United States’ first National Physical Activity Plan. Coming on the heels of the recently released Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, the National Plan will present policies and practices that are aimed at helping all Americans adopt physically active lifestyles. The plan will include recommended policies in eight sectors: public health, healthcare, education, not-for-profit organizations, worksites, transportation, community planning, and recreation and sports.

The development of the plan is being coordinated by the University of South Carolina’s Prevention Research Center under the leadership of ACSM Fellow and Past-President Russ Pate. ACSM Executive Vice-President Jim Whitehead serves on the Coordinating Committee along with ACSM Past-Presidents Steve Blair, Bill Haskell and Barry Franklin. ACSM is one of seven national organizations that have come together to support development and implementation of the National Plan. These organizations include American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, AAHPERD (American Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance), American Academy of Pediatrics, and AARP (American Association of Retired Persons). The project is being undertaken in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

A National Physical Activity Plan Conference will take place in Washington, DC on July 1-2, 2009. The conference will be open to all interested professionals, and discussions during the conference will produce much of the content of the National Plan. Details on the conference and more information on the National Plan can be found at the following website: It is anticipated that the National Plan will be released later this year. Stay tuned to SMB for updates and more information.


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