Promoting Physical Activity - 2nd Edition: A Guide for Community Action / Edition 2

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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:

•Information on the benefits of physical activity, such as obesity prevention and management of chronic disease, and goals and guidelines for physical activity that will help you make a case for your intervention programs

•A practical overview of recommended evidence-based interventions with advice and examples that will help you carry out the interventions in your community

•A flexible blueprint for planning, implementing, and evaluating programs in any community setting, whether alone or in partnership with other organizations

•An extensive list of additional resources to assist you in planning interventions, including a directory of agencies and organizations interested in physical activity promotion, excerpts from the Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity and Health, and suggested readings for building your knowledge of physical activity promotion

•Real-world examples, suggestions, and tips from a variety of settings to give you multiple perspectives on planning community-based interventions

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. You’ll 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. You’ll 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 don’t 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 community’s needs. First you’ll look at why physical activity is important and how much activity is needed for general health. Then you’ll learn about three general approaches to promoting physical activity— informational, social and behavioral, and environmental and policy—as 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, you’ll be ready to move on to program implementation and evaluation. In addition to the nuts and bolts of planning, you’ll 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 information—both scientific and practical—to 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.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Ted Scheck, BA, MS, Certified, G&T(Sidener Academy for High Ability Students)
Description: First published in 1999, this second edition covers much ground regarding health, childhood obesity, and the alarming spread of cardiovascular diseases as a result of a more sedentary lifestyle. Part I and the introduction begin strong, with a "National Call to Promote Physical Activity" and chapters that lay the foundation for promoting physical activity. Part II deals with the various approaches and interventions: informational, behavioral, social, and environmental. Part III covers planning, implementing, and evaluating an intervention program. Part IV is the appendix section, in my opinion the best part of the book, on subjects ranging from physical activity and disability to a report from the surgeon general on physical activity and health. The resources are sufficient for nearly anyone's needs, including a thorough index. The references number in the hundreds and you could lose yourself for weeks going through them.
Purpose: The purpose is in the title. It sounds simple, but as a physical education teacher with only 30 minutes in which to do my job at any given time, I find it can be daunting to try to get some kids to move when it is so easy not to move. The book is worthy and necessary. It is needed for program directors of YMCAs and Boys' and Girls' Clubs, and middle and high school health teachers. The book meets the author's objectives and is thorough and thought-provoking in message and style.
Audience: The book is written for anyone with an interest in gaining a general understanding of health as it relates to movement (and the opposite of movement — a sedentary lifestyle) and for members of the medical field trying to prescribe exercise as a preventive measure for controlling chronic disease later in life. Health teachers, doctors, nurses, program directors of health-inducing and recreational organizations would benefit from this book. The authors are the top echelon at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and they have the research to back up their data. For physical education teachers, this book is adequate in some parts and good in others. I was looking for more specialized information regarding cardiovascular diseases and their prevention, and instead got very basic and almost bland public information from the CDC.
Features: I enjoyed the introduction, which touches on a point that I've been hearing and reading so often lately that it no longer has the power to alarm — that movement is being engineered out of our daily lives. Most people, even children, know that the more and the more often you move, the healthier you become and that sitting around for great lengths of time is bad for you, but whatever it is that we think we're accomplishing is not working. The best part of the book is the theme from the beginning that we are not motivating overweight and obese children enough to have a measurable effect on their sedentary lifestyles. It has to start as a practiced behavior at home. If Mom and Dad and dog Skippy and neighbors Stan and Ollie go out for community walks around the block every night at 6 p.m., the children will take notice. But parents have to do more than suggest. They have to insist. "Get on your bike. Let's go to the park. Run! Run around on the grass and exercise!" The book prescribes methods and ways and reasons to get the entire community involved in galvanizing the neighborhood into action. The book is very thorough in its systematic approach to organizing, planning, and implementing a community to change itself for the better. The only shortcoming is my own; I expected a focus on the local elementary school physical education program, but I suppose the government is assuming that I'm doing my job and physically educating my students. (I can tell you that I am doing my job!) This book, in its healthy approach, is an answer for a nation practically begging for someone to get behind them, and kick-start them in the behind, to get them to exercise.
Assessment: This is a great book for the intended audience, full of photos, illustrations, graphs, and reproducible art that can be used to help the cause of fighting inactivity and sedentary lifestyles. This book was not for me, but I am glad I was able to review it. I teach two days a week at a school that is attached, both physically and otherwise, to a YMCA, and it was grateful to get my copy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736062084
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/4/2010
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 743,473
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the nation’s 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. CDC’s focus is not only on scientific excellence but also on the essential spirit that is CDC—to protect the health of all people. CDC keeps humanity at the forefront of its mission to ensure health protection through promotion, prevention, and preparedness.

CDC’s, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) is part of the CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. DNPAO’s vision, mission, and goals are:

DNPAO’s vision – a world where regular physical activity, good nutrition, and healthy weight are part of everyone's life.

DNPAO’s mission – to lead strategic public health efforts to prevent and control obesity, chronic disease, and other health conditions though regular physical activity and good nutrition.

DNPAO’s goals:

•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.

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Table of Contents

Part I: Foundations for Physical Activity Promotion

Chapter 1: Health Benefits of Physical Activity

What Is Physical Activity?

What Is Physical Fitness?

Physical Activity and Energy Expenditure

Determinants of the Health Benefits of Physical Activity

Types of Physical Activity

Other Attributes of Physical Activity

Preventive Health Benefits of Physical Activity

Health Benefits of Physical Activity in Children

Prevention of Functional Limitations and Disability

Therapeutic Exercise

Perspective on Physical Activity Risks



Chapter 2: Physical Activity Recommendations

Healthy People 2010: National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives Related to Physical Activity and Physical Fitness

Physical Activity Recommendations for Adults—Historical Considerations

Overview of Current Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults

Current Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults

What’s New About the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines For Americans?

Physical Activity Recommendations for Older Adults—Historical Considerations

Current Physical Activity Guidelines for Older Adults

Physical Activity Recommendations for Children and Adolescents—Historical Considerations

Current Physical Activity Guidelines for Children And Adolescents


Suggested Readings

Part II: Approaches and Interventions for Changing Physical Activity Behavior

Chapter 3: Informational Approaches to Promoting Physical Activity

Community-Wide Campaigns

Point-of-Decision Prompts

Chapter 4: Behavioral and Social Approaches to Promoting Physical Activity

Enhanced School-Based Physical Education

Individually-Adapted Behavior Change Interventions

Social Support Interventions in Community Settings

Chapter 5: Environmental and Policy Approaches to Promoting Physical Activity

Creation of or Enhanced Access to Places for Physical Activity Combined With Informational Outreach Activities

Community-Scale and Street-Scale Urban Design and Land Use Policies and Practices to Promote Physical Activity

Part III: Planning, Implementing, and Evaluating Your Intervention or Program

Chapter 6: Partnerships

Key Steps to an Effective Partnership

Step 1: Determine Whether a Partnership Is Necessary

Step 2: Determine Whether Potential Partners Have the Capacity and Interest to Support the Physical Activity Partnership

Step 3: Recruit Partners

Step 4: Establish Leadership

Step 5: Determine One or More Common Goals

Step 6: Determine the Partner’s Level of Involvement and Cooperation in the Partnership

Step 7: Define the Partnership’s Operational Structure

Step 8: Keep the Long-Term Goal in View

Step 9: Start with Reasonable Short-Term Objectives

Step 10: Evaluate the Partnership


Recommended Readings

Chapter 7: Program Planning and Evaluation

Program Planning

Program Evaluation


Suggested Readings

Part IV: Resources for Action

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