Overarching Priorities

A key objective of the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance is to support implementation of the strategies and tactics that comprise the core content of the Plan.  During the Plan’s development several initiatives were identified that, if carried out, would facilitate successful implementation of strategies across multiple sectors represented in the Plan.  These Overarching Priorities, taken individually and collectively, would markedly strengthen the physical activity-public health community’s ability to pursue the goal of increasing physical activity in all segments of American society.  

The National Physical Activity Plan Alliance will work independently as well as collaboratively with its organizational partners, other non-profit organizations, for-profit organizations, and government agencies to advocate for and implement the following Overarching Priorities:

  • FEDERAL OFFICE OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND HEALTH
    Establish at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention an Office of Physical Activity and Health, and allocate to that Office the resources needed to provide effective national leadership.
  • COMPREHENSIVE SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM
    Establish a robust and comprehensive surveillance system for monitoring: 1) compliance with physical activity guidelines in all segments of the U.S. population, and 2) the status of environments, policies, and programs designed to promote physical activity.
  • NATIONAL PHYSICAL ACTIVITY REPORT CARD
    Develop and disseminate a comprehensive physical activity report card that, at regular intervals, evaluates the status of physical activity and physical activity promotion efforts in the United States.
  • PHYSICAL ACTIVITY POLICY DEVELOPMENT
    Promote translation of evidence-based strategies for promoting physical activity to policies for adoption at the national, state, community, and institutional levels.
  • NATIONAL PHYSICAL ACTIVITY CAMPAIGN
    Launch a national physical activity campaign coordinated with state and local resources to guide Americans toward effective behavioral strategies, programs, and places for increasing physical activity.         
  • STATE AND LOCAL PHYSICAL ACTIVITY ACTION PLANS
    Support development and implementation of comprehensive physical activity strategic plans at the state, regional, and community levels. 
  • INCREASED FUNDING FOR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY INITIATIVES
    Advocate to local, state, and national policy makers for increased funding to implement the physical activity promotion strategies identified in the National Physical Activity Plan.