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New Resources from NPAS

In need of resources for campaigns? Check out the resources the National Physical Activity Society has to offer.


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The National Physical Activity Society (NPAS) offers resources to professionals who use public health approaches to increase physical activity. Members come from state and local public health, academics, nonprofits, health care, and more. Recent monthly webinar topics include physical activity policy research, health impact assessment, school physical activity, and physical activity for older adults. NPAS asks its members about training needs every other year. Current training need priorities are rural areas, leadership capacity at the local level, applied evaluation, and help with making the case for physical activity promotion.

NPAS has issued two editions of Stories from Small Towns, descriptions of towns across America with populations lower than 25,000 that have made changes promoting walking and biking. The Physical Activity and Public Health Specialist (PAPHS) credential, developed by NPAS and managed by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), assures baseline professional readiness in 34 competencies for physical activity practice.

Membership is free. To join NPAS or to view archived webinars, visit

“Our research points to the complex, and sometimes tenuous, relationship between cities and state legislatures,” said NLC’s Senior Executive and Director of the Center for City Solutions and report co-author Brooks Rainwater. “People who live in cities want control over their own destinies and when states seek blanket policies that run counter to the values of its municipalities, local leaders do not stand down. We see many instances where state-level politicians work to usurp the will of people in cities both through preemption and Dillon’s Rule provisions. As a result, the work of city leaders and the mandate of the people is undermined.”

NLC recommends that cities facing preemption challenges should engage in active communication with their state legislatures, choose preemption battles wisely, and address the preemption narrative directly.

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