The Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative is a year-long effort to enhance physical activity and nutritional opportunities for all Americans. Led by a bipartisan group of four former U.S. cabinet secretaries, the initiative brings together key experts, policymakers, and stakeholders to identify opportunities for collaborative action in four priority areas: investing in children’s health; creating healthy schools; improving the health of communities; and developing healthy institutions.The initiative identiﬁes best practices and highlights local success stories. In addition, it considers opportunities to expand the reach of some of the most promising programs, as well as the barriers to doing so. During 2011, the co-chairs have hosted a variety of events, integrating policy insights from key stakeholders and experts and bringing increased attention to key areas of the national conversation about nutrition and physical activity. At the same time, they are working to develop and promote federal, state, tribal, local and institutional policies across the four priority areas that can attract bipartisan support. Drawing on the information obtained throughout the year, the Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative will release its recommendations in a ﬁnal policy report in spring 2012.
Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative