New National Physical Activity Plan Unveiled

The National Physical Activity Plan Alliance, along with organizational partners, including SHAPE America, shared the new U.S. National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP). The plan builds upon the initial version that the NPAP Alliance released in 2010, as a roadmap for actions supporting and encouraging physical activity among all Americans.

The 2016 plan includes:

  • Updated priorities;
  • Broader focus on minorities with the addition of a diversity committee; and
  • More recommendations and advice for how people might encourage physical activity in their communities and schools. 

 Read why so many people still live a sedentary lifestyle in this New York Times piece.

SHAPE America's 2016 Shape of the Nation report released earlier this month, revealed that only eight states require recess every day for elementary school students and only Oregon and the District of Columbia mandate that all children in elementary and middle school participate in at least 30 minutes of physical education every day.

Plan Includes Physical Education as Strategy

High-quality PE programs continue to be a recommended strategy to encourage students to adopt a physically active lifestyle. SHAPE America's National Standards for K-12 Physical Education incorporates physical literacy as part of the goal of PE.

Physical Literacy is the ability to move with competence and confidence in a wide variety of physical activities in multiple environments that benefit the healthy development of the whole person.

Learn more about physical literacy and how it connects to PE and physical activity.