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Motivating People to Be Physically ActiveBess Marcus, LeighAnn Forsyth
2nd Edition
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216 pages

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Motivating People to Be Physically Active, Second Edition, translates research, theories, and concepts of behavioral science into a useful handbook for health professionals involved in the planning, development, implementation, or evaluation of physical activity promotion programs. The book describes proven methods for helping people overcome sedentary behavior and make physical activity a regular part of their lives.

Based on the five-stage model of motivational readiness for change, this comprehensive reference will help you design intervention programs for individuals and groups in both worksite and community settings. This behavior change method can be used with healthy adults as well as those with chronic physical or psychological conditions. You’ll also learn to measure and improve clients’ motivation and assess their physical activity patterns and barriers.

The second edition has been fully updated and expanded to include these features:

Motivating People to Be Physically Active, Second Edition, contains many practical tools and ideas to assist you in program implementation. You’ll find reproducible questionnaires, worksheets, logs, and more to assist clients in their transition to active living. The book includes case studies of successful community and worksite programs that can serve as a starting point for your own interventions and stage-specific strategies and recommendations for including and motivating all participants. The authors also provide a list of suggested readings that you can use to enhance your programs. Web addresses and phone numbers of physical activity organizations are included, which can provide you with additional information and resources.

With its focus on psychological and behavioral research and accessible reading style, Motivating People to Be Physically Active, Second Edition, is the essential resource for physical activity behavior modification. In addition to allowing you to design effective intervention programs, its many program ideas, tips, and tools spark your motivation to educate and encourage others to lead a more active and healthier lifestyle.

Motivating People to Be Physically Active, Second Edition, is part of the Physical Activity Intervention Series (PAIS). This timely series provides useful educational resources for professionals interested in promoting and implementing physical activity programs to a diverse and often resistant population.

About the Authors

Bess H. Marcus, PhD, is a professor of psychiatry and human behavior at the Brown University Medical School. She is the director of physical activity research at the Brown University Center for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine at the Miriam Hospital. Dr. Marcus, a clinical psychologist, has spent the past 18 years conducting research on physical activity behavior, and she has published more than 100 papers and book chapters on this topic.

She has helped create new recommendations regarding the quantity and intensity of physical activity necessary for health benefits. She also contributed to the 1996 Surgeon General's Report on Physical Activity and Health. She served as an advisor on the curriculum development for Project Active and PRIME and is a coauthor of Active Living Every Day. Dr. Marcus is recognized internationally for her outstanding research in helping people to become more physically active and has spoken on this topic worldwide.

Dr. Marcus makes time to be physically active on most days of the week. She enjoys cycling, swimming, and walking with her husband, children, and friends.

LeighAnn Forsyth, PhD, is a psychology professor at Cleveland State University, where she conducts research on physical activity adoption. She has a private practice specializing in eating and weight management. Dr. Forsyth completed a clinical internship and two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Brown University Center for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine at the Miriam Hospital. She also participated in several research programs applying the stages of motivational readiness to promote physical activity adoption.

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A reference for health and fitness professionals, health promotion professionals, exercise physiologists, health care professionals, public health professionals, physical educators, and physical activity researchers.

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