The National Physical Activity Plan is an unprecedented, comprehensive effort to encourage all Americans to be more physically active. Led by an extensive group of organizations – including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Heart Association, and the American Cancer Society – the plan aims to reduce barriers to inactivity and to make sure communities and institutions provide opportunities to move. The plan officially launched in May 2010.
Active Aging Today talked to Jim Whitehead, executive vice president of the American College of Sports Medicine and a member of the Plan’s Coordinating Committee. The interview covers the following questions:
- How is the National Physical Activity Plan different from previous plans in the United States?
- There seems to be a lot of public confusion over how much exercise to get and how to get it. What is the plan recommending?
- The plan involves the support of many high-profile organizations, such as AARP, the American Cancer Society, and the American Heart Association. What are these organizational partners doing?
- What are you asking practitioners to do to promote the plan?
- Do you think the Plan is relevant to other countries?