I recently returned home from Washington DC. It was brisk, but so beautiful. It’s a city I love and I was happy to leave the south and enjoy city life for a few days.
I attended a conference in DC entitled “National Physical Activity Plan Congress.” The National Physical Activity Plan, or NPAP, is ”
a comprehensive set of policies, programs, and initiatives that aim to increase physical activity in all segments of the American population. The Plan is the product of a private-public sector collaborative. Hundreds of organizations are working together to change our communities in ways that will enable every American to be sufficiently physically active.
I was part of the University of South Carolina team that went because of my current involvement with the NPAP. In all of my schoolin’ I haven’t actually attended a conference like this. Public health experts & professionals who work toward promoting physical activity in some form (planning/evaluating/implementing/researching/etc) throughout the US attended.
The sessions provided over the course of 2 days were dynamic. I learned entirely too much and by the closing remarks my head hurt. It hurt because I was re-energized. Re-energized about what is being done to promote physical activity in the US, re-energized about my project with the NPAP, and re-energized about the ways that I can contribute to the public health field. When you go to these conferences, you see experts that you read about and it’s like Wow. Wow, I can’t believe I’m here with Dr. So-n-So. I had to read about your work in class! Now you’re here!!