Quantifying the Cost of Physical Inactivity

Organization Descriptions

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization dedicated to making life better for people 50 and over. AARP provides information and resources; engages in legislative, regulatory and legal advocacy; assists members in serving their communities; and offers a wide range of unique benefits, special products, and services for members. These include AARP The Magazine, published bimonthly; AARP Bulletin, our monthly newspaper; AARP Segunda Juventud, our quarterly newspaper in Spanish; NRTA Live & Learn, our quarterly newsletter for 50+ educators; and our Web site, www.aarp.org We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Active Living Network
The Active Living Network is a national coalition of professionals interested in promoting safe, active and healthy people and places. The mission of the Active Living Network is to promote active, healthy environments by: 1) Building demand for change by raising awareness about the impact of built environments in physical activity and health; and 2) Promoting cross-sector collaboration among professionals committed to creating active, healthy environments.

American College of Sports Medicine
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) is the world leader in the scientific and medical aspects of sports and exercise. ACSM is an association of people and professions exploring the use of medicine and exercise to make life healthier for all people. Since 1954, ACSM has been committed to the promotion of physical activity and the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of sports-related injuries. With more than 20,000 International, National, and Regional Chapter members in 80 countries, ACSM is internationally known as the leading source of state-of-the-art research and information on sports medicine and exercise science.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Physical Activity Branch
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Physical Activity Branch is housed in the Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity (DNPA) at the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. The CDC is recognized as the lead federal agency for protecting the health and safety of people - at home and abroad, providing credible information to enhance health decisions, and promoting health through strong partnerships. CDC serves as the national focus for developing and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and education activities designed to improve the health of the people of the United States.

The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services
The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services administers the Medicare program and works in partnership with the States to administer Medicaid, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), and health insurance portability standards. Through Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP, about one in four Americans receive health coverage. Nearly 40 million people are covered by Medicare, about 33 million are eligible for Medicaid, and SCHIP helps States expand health coverage to as many as 5 million uninsured children. The programs spend one in three of the Nation’s health care dollars, about $429 billion in 2000.

Fifty Plus Lifelong Fitness
Founded in 1979 Fifty Plus is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote an active lifestyle for older people. The organization started at Stanford University as an outgrowth of some medical research on the value of exercise for older persons. It currently has approximately 2,000 members across the United States. Fifty Plus publishes a quarterly newsletter and sponsors fitness activities such as walks, runs and hikes for seniors. On an ongoing basis it offers a six-week "Fifty-Plus Fitness Challenge Camp" on the Stanford University Campus that involves the participants in a variety of physical activities. Fifty Plus’ purpose is to encourage fitness and a more active lifestyle for those who are fifty years or older. To show that misuse and disuse of the body and mind are more the cause of disability than chronological age alone.

Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livability
The Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities was launched in 1999 to strengthen and expand philanthropic funders’ abilities to support organizations working to build more livable communities through smarter growth policies and practices. It serves as an active resource and focal point for foundations, nonprofit organizations and other partners working together to create opportunities by positively impacting the range of environmental, social, and economic issues exacerbated by the phenomena of suburban sprawl and urban disinvestment. The Network informs funders of critical policy and grassroots developments; builds the capacity of key constituencies to promote smart growth and livable communities; and raises awareness about the interdisciplinary nature of these issues and the need for sustained engagement by a diverse coalition of funders.

International Council on Active Aging
The International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) is the world largest association dedicated to changing the way we age by uniting and working with professionals in the retirement, assisted living, recreation, fitness, rehabilitation and wellness fields. It connects a community of like-minded professionals who share the goals of changing society's perceptions of aging and improving the quality of life for aging Baby Boomers and older adults within the six dimensions of wellness (emotional, vocational, physical, spiritual, intellectual, social.) The council supports these professionals with education, information, resources and tools, so they can achieve optimal success with this growing market. The ICAA also takes an active role in helping to change the way society perceives aging. The council is one of more than 50 of the nation's most prominent health and aging organizations working to implement the National Blueprint on Aging.

Medical Fitness Association
The Medical Fitness Association (MFA) was established 1991 as a resource to the growing hospital wellness and fitness center industry, and to promote the "medical fitness difference" identifying and reducing health risks one person at a time through a combination of programs and services available to the community. As a nonprofit organization, MFA assists medical fitness centers in enhancing member programs and services; works to establish protocols and professional standards; acts as a resource for information and education; communicates with public and governmental bodies; renders public relations and marketing support; and encourages business practices to improve efficiency and maximize revenue. MFA is an affiliate of the American Hospital Association.

National Association for Health and Fitness
The National Association for Health and Fitness (NAHF) is a non-profit organization that exists to improve the quality of life for individuals in the United States through the promotion of physical fitness, sports and healthy lifestyles and by the fostering and supporting of Governor’s and State Councils on physical fitness and sports in every state and U.S. territory. Currently, 29 states have active councils that promote physical fitness for persons of all ages and abilities. Governor and State Councils represent the grassroots programs that encourage the need for and benefits of regular physical activity reaching more than 215 million people through state and local programs.

National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity
National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity (NCPPA) is a coalition of major health, fitness and recreation associations working to advance policies and programs that promote physical activity. NCPPA’s mission is to unite the strengths of public, private, and industry efforts into collaborative partnerships that inspire and empower all Americans to lead more physically active lifestyles. NCPPA works to increase the adoption of physically active lifestyles by educating lawmakers and interested individuals on the benefits of physical activity and influencing policy to build sustainable, physically active environments.

Partnership for Prevention
Partnership for Prevention is a nonprofit, membership-based health policy organization based in Washington, DC. It develops evidence-based policy recommendations to increase the priority on prevention and health promotion in U.S. health policy and practice. It advises decision makers in the public, private and nonprofit sectors on policies and practices to prevent disease and injury and to promote health. Partnership for Prevention's mission is to improve health by preventing illness and injury and by promoting health. Partnership's programs increase the priority on prevention in health-related policy and the U.S. health care system.

PE4life is a not-for-profit organization that inspires active, healthy living by advancing the development of quality, daily physical education programs for all children. Daily physical education provides a simple and inexpensive solution to reduce children's exposure to chronic diseases, while fostering lifelong fitness habits.

Prevention Institute - Strategic Alliance for Physical Activity
The Prevention Institute coordinates the Strategic Alliance, a coalition of dedicated organizations and individuals that is reframing the debate on nutrition and physical activity, from a matter of individual choice and lifestyle to one of environmental, corporate and government responsibility. The Prevention Institute works with constituents to identify and prioritize prevention-oriented strategies for improving nutrition and physical activity in low-income neighborhoods and communities that face significant barriers to optimal eating and activity.

Rails to Trails Conservancy
The purpose of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is to enrich America's communities and countryside by creating a nationwide network of public trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. RTC is a nonprofit organization with more than 100,000 members and supporters. Founded in 1986, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is located in Washington, D.C. and has offices in California, Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Smart Growth America
Smart Growth America is a coalition of nearly 100 advocacy organizations that have a stake in how metropolitan expansion affects our environment, quality of life and economic sustainability. Smart Growth America’s diverse coalition partners include national, state and local groups working on behalf of the environment, historic preservation, social equity, land conservation, neighborhood redevelopment, farmland protection, labor, town planning and others.