NFBPA Press Release

National Forum for Black Public Administrators

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February 1, 2013, Washington, DC – The National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) kicked off their 30th Anniversary Celebration with an introduction of its 30 by 30 Healthy Communities Initiative at its Ignite the Future Gala event on November 1, 2012. The announced healthy communities initiative is aimed at increasing the healthy outcomes of minority and under-represented populations. The NFBPA has partnered with the YMCA, National Medical Association, Cigna and other organizations committed to improving the nation’s health.  

The NFBPA is committed to the health and wellness of the nation, but has a special interest in minority communities and the health disparities that plague this sector.  With the 30 by 30 Healthy Communities Initiative as the programmatic umbrella, the NFBPA is launching its 2013 Fitness Explosion: Fit for Life Health Challenge.  This initiative targets fitness and nutrition as tools to combat obesity, hypertension, diabetes, poor nutrition and health disparities in minorities. The Fitness Explosion will be replicated around the country by chapters of the NFBPA and will be specialized to the individual communities.  These “explosions” will have the constant theme of increased activity and awareness in ways that are culturally relevant and reproducible. The events will include healthy living events focused on physical activities; events include 5K Walk/Runs, Dance Classes, Boot Camps, health seminars and other varied activities. The NFBPA will also be implementing Cigna’s Strive for Five Healthy Eating Challenge to increase nutritional habits in the participants.

John Saunders the Executive Director of the NFBPA said, “ It is so important that public administrators across the country work with their health experts, practitioners, organizations, and community leaders to improve the health and wellness of citizens within their communities”.

The NFBPA will announce the launch of its national Fitness Explosion in Oakland, California on Friday, February 1st, 2013 at the NFBPA Winter Leadership Meeting at the Oakland Marriott City Center.

For more information on the NFBPA Healthy Communities Initiatives and/or the 30th Anniversary Celebration contact Eric Johnston at 301.577.8900x110 and or Helen Glenn at 404.443.8848 and


About the National Forum for Black Public Administrators

The mission of the NFBPA is embodied in the organization's commitment to strengthen the position of Blacks within the field of public administration; to increase the number of Blacks appointed to executive positions in public service organizations; and, to groom and prepare younger, aspiring administrators for senior public management posts in the years ahead.


John E. Saunders, III, CAE
Executive Director

202-408-9300 ext.: 1-106

Eric Johnston