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Physical Activity

Stephanie Zaza, Peter A. Briss and Kate W. Harris

in The Guide to Community Preventive Services

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780195151091
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199864973 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195151091.003.0002
 Physical Activity

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This chapter summarizes the conclusions and recommendations from the Task Force on interventions to increase physical activity using three types of approaches: informational, behavioral and social, and environmental and policy. To increase physical activity using informational approaches, the Task Force recommends community-wide campaigns and point-of-decision prompts. To increase physical activity using behavioral or social approaches, the Task Force recommendations include school-based physical education, individually-adapted health behavior change programs, and social support interventions in community settings. To increase physical activity using environmental or policy approaches, the Task Force recommends the creation of or enhanced access to places for physical activity combined with information outreach activities, and point-of-decision prompts.

Keywords: physical activity; exercise; behavioral and social approach; informational approach; health interventions; environmental and policy approach; outreach activities

Chapter.  13364 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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