A Guide for Community Action
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Motivating people to get moving for health and wellness just got easier with Promoting Physical Activity, Second Edition. This guide for community action offers the tools and information you need to help people get off the couch and on their way to healthy living. If you want to encourage your community or group members to hop on their bike, take the stairs, or walk the neighborhood, Promoting Physical Activity, Second Edition, is for you.
Whether you have just become interested in promoting physical activity or are experienced in health and wellness promotion but need new ideas to improve or expand existing programs, this user-friendly resource has the tools you need:
The newly updated second edition of Promoting Physical Activity discusses emerging topics related to physical activity and public health with a renewed focus on community-wide physical activity interventions. Youll find up-to-date summaries of the national health objectives and the latest physical activity recommendations for adults, children, and older adults, which can serve as a foundation for your programs. Youll also find a more in-depth exploration of establishing partnerships in order to enhance the effectiveness and reach of your programs and an expanded discussion of program evaluation.
With Promoting Physical Activity, Second Edition, you dont have to be an expert in physical activity promotion in order to succeed in getting people moving. The book translates current research into accessible practice, laying out all the information you need to create an intervention that meets your communitys needs. First youll look at why physical activity is important and how much activity is neeeded for general health. Then youll learn about three general approaches to promoting physical activity informational, social and behavioral, and environmental and policyas well as eight types of interventions that research shows are effective in group and community settings. This will help you choose the strategy or combination of strategies that works best for the people you want to reach.
Armed with this information, youll be ready to move on to program implementation and evaluation. In addition to the nuts and bolts of planning, youll explore topics such as creating effective partnerships, setting program objectives, and measuring program success.
Promoting Physical Activity: A Guide for Community Action, Second Edition, is an essential resource filled with advice, ideas, inspiration, and education to help you bring health and wellness to your community. It provides the informationboth scientific and practicalto help you energize existing physical activity intervention programs and use physical activity as a pathway to improving the health and quality of life of those in your community.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the nations premier public health agency, working to ensure healthy people in a healthy world.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary federal agency for conducting and supporting public health activities in the United States. CDCs focus is not only on scientific excellence but also on the essential spirit that is CDCto protect the health of all people. CDC keeps humanity at the forefront of its mission to ensure health protection through promotion, prevention, and preparedness.
CDCs, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) is part of the CDCs National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. DNPAOs vision, mission, and goals are:
- a world where regular physical activity, good nutrition, and healthy weight are part of everyone's life.
- to lead strategic public health efforts to prevent and control obesity, chronic disease, and other health conditions though regular physical activity and good nutrition.
- Increase health-related physical activity through population-based approaches.
- Improve those aspects of dietary quality most related to the population burden of chronic disease and unhealthy child development.
- Decrease prevalence of obesity through preventing excess weight gain and maintenance of healthy weight loss.
"Well thought out, practical, and user-friendly-I love it! It's always an inspiration to do more when we have such technical assistance to support our efforts."
Chief of Health Promotion
Department of Health, Epidemiology and Disease Prevention
State of Vermont
A resource for state, territorial, tribal and local governments, and public health departments; transportation, health, and community planners; exercise specialists and health professionals; community groups; businesses; schools, colleges, and universities; parks and recreation agencies; social service organizations; and any other professionals or volunteers who wish to promote physical activity and healthier lifestyles in their community.