Every organization leader in America should sign the CEO Pledge for Physical Activity, says IHRSA President & CEO Liz Clark, and she hopes IHRSA members will lead by example.
“I am proud to sign the CEO Pledge because I believe it’s the right thing to do for the IHRSA team, IHRSA members, our communities, and our nation,” says Liz. “I encourage every IHRSA member, partner, and vendor to join me, and I look forward to IHRSA promoting the pledge to industry stakeholders throughout 2023.”
The Pledge, launched in late October, is a signature initiative of the Physical Activity Alliance, which counts IHRSA, ACE, ACSM, California Fitness Alliance, Move to Live More, Myzone, and NASM among its board members.
The goal of the Pledge is to impact at least 10 million American workers and fundamentally transform the workplace culture of the nation—from a culture that exacerbates the inactivity crisis to a culture that embraces physical activity and healthy movement.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) about 110,000 deaths could be prevented if U.S. adults increased moderate-to-vigorous physical activity by even 10 minutes per day. Inactivity is also costly—inadequate levels of physical activity are associated with $117 billion in annual healthcare costs.
“Today’s workforce faces an unprecedented mix of challenges, and organizations are struggling to keep and attract talent,” explains CEO Pledge spokesperson, Jack Groppel, Ph.D., a co-founder of the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute. ”By signing the Pledge, senior leaders are not only sending a powerful message about workplace culture, but also providing employees with invaluable benefits that are particularly relevant to today’s workforce, including improved mental health, improved physical health, increased capacity for productivity, enhanced creativity, and reduced sedentary behavior.”