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Entries in National Physical Activity Plan (5)

Friday
Apr222016

This Week in the Fitness Industry: Technogym to Debut on Milan Stock Exchange

Technogym to Debut on Milan Stock Exchange on May 3
On April 20, Technogym announced that CONSOB (Italian National Commission for Companies and the Stock Exchange) approved the registration documents the company filed on March 26. Salhouse Holding (a vehicle of Arle Capital—a Technogym minority shareholder that owns 40% of the company capital) intends to sell 50 million shares and has granted the joint global coordinators an option to purchase up to 7.5 million additional shares under the greenshoe. The 57.5 million shares correspond to 28.75% of the total share capital of Technogym. The Alessandri family will retain the majority of 60% share capital. The price range was set at 3.00 – 3.75 € per share. Read our full blog post on the Technogym IPO.

New Google Calendar Feature Helps Users Meet Exercise Goals
A new Google Calendar feature called “Goals” is aiming to help users make room in their schedules for fitness goals. The feature, which launched last week, helps busy Google users find time in their schedules to fit in a workout. Users are asked to create a goal, such as “work out more” or “practice yoga for four hours each week.” Then Google will ask them to answer a few questions to learn more about their goal and expectations. “And then the magic happens,” reports Shape.com. “Based on your responses, Goals will scan your schedule and pencil in sessions for you. If you have to schedule a conflict before your scheduled Monday a.m. gym session—like a legit morning meeting or you just want to defer a bit so you can sleep in—Goals will automatically reschedule your sweat sesh.”

IHRSA Supports Release of 2016 National Physical Activity Plan
Leaders gathered in Washington D.C. on Wednesday for the release of the 2016 National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP), which encourages all Americans to participate in routine physical activity as a way of improving national health by reducing rates of obesity, preventing the onset of chronic disease, and creating a culture of wellness. Jim Whitehead, CEO of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), spoke at the ceremony along with a number of other prominent representatives from organizations such as the American Heart Association and the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. IHRSA representatives Jay Sweeney and Tom Scanlon were also in attendance. The 2016 plan capitalizes on the importance of habitual physical activity for every citizen and aims to "establish a set of initiatives that the NPAP Alliance views as critical to moving the physical activity and public health field forward and accomplishing the overall goal of increasing physical activity in the U.S. population." Read our full blog post on the National Physical Activity Plan

Healthcare Group Calls for ‘Activity Equivalent’ Labels on Food
The Royal Society for Public Health, an organization of healthcare professionals in the UK, is advocating for "activity equivalent" labels to be added to food packaging, CNN reports. The labels would tell consumers how many minutes they would have to engage in certain kinds of exercise, like walking and jogging, to burn the calories in a serving size. "The aim is to prompt people to be more mindful of the energy they consume and how these calories relate to activities in their everyday lives, to encourage them to be more physically active," wrote Shirley Cramer, chief executive of the Royal Society for Public Health, in an opinion article published on Wednesday in The BMJ.

Thursday
Apr212016

IHRSA Supports Release of 2016 National Physical Activity Plan to Get Americans Moving 

Yesterday, leaders in Washington, D.C. gathered at the National Press Club for the release of the 2016 National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP), which encourages all Americans to participate in routine physical activity as a way of improving national health by reducing rates of obesity, preventing the onset of chronic disease, and creating a culture of wellness.

Jim Whitehead, CEO of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), spoke at the ceremony along with a number of other prominent representatives from organizations such as the American Heart Association and the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. IHRSA representatives Jay Sweeney and Tom Scanlon were also in attendance.

The 2016 plan capitalizes on the importance of habitual physical activity for every citizen and aims to "establish a set of initiatives that the NPAP Alliance views as critical to moving the physical activity and public health field forward and accomplishing the overall goal of increasing physical activity in the U.S. population."

In order to achieve this goal, the new plan expands upon the 2010 National Physical Activity Plan and tasks Americans with creating environments that encourage and support physical activity across nine societal sectors. These sectors include business and industry, community recreation, fitness and parks, education, healthcare, mass media, public health, transportation, land use, and community design; and the addition of two new categories relating to faith-based settings and sport.

Health clubs are referenced under the "Community Recreation, Fitness and Parks" sector of the plan, which recommends that the fitness industry and private business sector "should recruit, train, and retain a diverse group of leaders, staff and volunteers to promote, organize, and advocate for initiatives that encourage physical activity in their communities" as part of their obligation to improve the health of our nation. 

Following the launch of the plan, a congressional briefing was held where the Global Alliance for Health and Performance unveiled its first Congressional Commitment to Physical Activity. The Congressional Commitment urges members of Congress to recognize and prioritize the importance of nationwide opportunities for physical activity. During the briefing, Rep. Bob Dold (R-IL), co-chair of the Congressional Fitness Caucus, and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) both signed on.

IHRSA strongly supports the established guidelines set by the 2016 National Physical Activity Plan, as they provide Americans with specific steps they can take to get involved in initiatives that encourage an active, healthy lifestyle. 

Tuesday
Apr282015

Joe Moore Speaks About Doctors and Exercise

IHRSA President and CEO Joe Moore's thoughts once again were picked up by the Huffington Post, this time regarding the National Physical Activity Plan, Doctors and Exercise.

He writes, "from reducing back pain to protecting against depression, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, several cancers and more, regular exercise is a critical component of healthy living. It’s time we found ways to bring exercise into doctors’ exam rooms and medical schools across the country. The ideas set forth in the National Physical Activity Plan and the ENRICH Act are critically important steps. But for physical activity to really become an integral part of health care in America, we need our doctors—and all health care providers—to get moving."

See the full article in the Huffington Post.

To see Joe's other Huffington Post articles.

Thursday
Oct022014

National Physical Activity Plan announces 1st Congress

Last week, IHRSA received word that the National Physical Activity Plan Association, the group responsible for the National Physical Activity Plan, will host its first NPAPA Congress February 23-25, 2015.

The meeting will bring together hundreds of leaders in public health, education, media and government to review the progress America has made toward getting all Americans more physically active. The Congress will also present the NPAP Champions Award to those who have made outstanding contributions to improving physical activity in America.

To learn more about The NPAP Congress 2015, or apply for the Champions Award, click here.

Thursday
Sep252014

National Physical Activity Plan Survey

In support of the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance (The Alliance), IHRSA invites you to participate in a brief survey regarding the update and revision of the National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP).

In the coming months, the National Physical Activity Plan will be celebrating its 5th anniversary. Since its launch, the National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP) has acted as a roadmap to policy makers and advocates to create a more physically active nation. The NPAP is a document comprised of 240+ evidence-based recommendations for change in the policies and systems that guide the environments in which all American’s live, work, learn, play, and commute.

Over the past 5 years the field of physical activity and public health has continued to evolve and the time to review and update the National Physical Activity Plan’s content and structure is here! 

During this revision process The Alliance wants to hear from you:

  • How can we increase American’s physical activity levels?
  • What strategies should be prioritized to increase physical activity?
  • How can we ensure the success of the National Physical Activity Plan?

The Alliance is working hard to update and revise the Plan; however, the American public’s input and suggestions are important in this process. Public comment on the current version of the Plan will be solicited from September 25 - October 31. 

Click here to link to the survey and help shape our nation’s plan to increase physical activity!

Thank you!