Inclusive Fitness Coalition to announce new effort, benefits 54 million with disabilities

May 8, 2017
Allison Hoit

Event details

What:  The Inclusive Fitness Coalition (IFC) will announce a new effort to build inclusive health communities that provide equal access and opportunities to 54 million people living with disabilities in the U.S. The announcement coincides with the organization’s 10-year anniversary of promoting physical activity inclusion.

Why:  The 210 member organizations of IFC are taking on this new charge to unite national and international organizations behind disability inclusionary practices in healthy community efforts. The focus will include Guidelines for Disability Inclusion in Physical Activity, Nutrition and Obesity Program Initiatives to help people with disabilities who face significant barriers when attempting to access health and wellness activities. The Guidelines are used to assist communities in promoting higher rates of inclusion among their members with disabilities.

When:  9:00 – 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Where:  National Press Club / Zenger Room / 529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20045

Live Webcast: Watch the live webcast by accessing this link:


  • Jim Whitehead, CEO, American College of Sports Medicine
  • James H. Rimmer, PhD, Lakeshore Foundation Endowed Chair in Health Promotion and Rehabilitation Sciences, Director of Research, Lakeshore Foundation
  • Coleen A. Boyle, PhD, MSHyg, Director of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) at CDC
  • Walter R. Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM , Chair-Elect, ACSM
  • Juliette Rizzo, Former Ms. Wheelchair America, Health & Wellness Advocate, Director of Special Projects, Partnerships & Events, U.S. Department of Education
  • Lisa Followay, Executive Director, Adaptive Sports Ohio
  • Charlene Burgeson, Executive Director, Active Schools
  • Kate Kraft, Executive Director, America Walks
  • John Robitscher, Chief Executive Officer, National Association of Chronic Disease Directors
  • Amy Bantham, Vice President of Health Promotion and Health Policy, IHRSA

Media Contact:  Paul Branks

Event Sponsors:

  • National Center on Health, Physical Activity & Disability
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • Lakeshore Foundation
  • UAB/Lakeshore Research Collaborative