Guide to Clinical Preventive Services or the “Clinical Guide” is the gold standard among clinician guides on preventive patient care. It addresses disease and risk factor screening and counseling about health behaviors. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, convened by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, develops the Guide’s recommendations based on scientific evidence of effectiveness.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends neither for or against counseling adults or children in primary care settings to promote physical activity.
(The Task Force found insufficient evidence to determine whether such counseling leads to sustained increases in physical activity or not.)
-provider advice plus behavioral interventions-
are the most promising to facilitate and reinforce healthy levels of physical activity.Such interventions often include a combination of:
Guide to Community Preventive Services or “Community Guide” details effective community-based strategies to promote and safeguard health. These might include media campaigns, educational programs, policy changes, or regulatory action. It is being developed by an independent task force convened by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
These tables summarize the Community Guide’s recommendations on increasing physical activity. The Community Guide Web site explains each recommendation in detail.
Informational Approaches to Increase Physical Activity
|Informational Approaches to Increase Physical Activity|
|Community-wide Campaigns||Strong Evidence of Effectiveness|
|“Point-of-Decision” Prompts To Encourage Stair Use||Sufficient Evidence of Effectiveness|
|Behavioral and Social Approaches to Increase Physical Activity|
|School-based Physical Education||Strong Evidence of Effectiveness|
|Social Support Interventions inCommunity Settings||Strong Evidence of Effectiveness|
|Individually-adapted Health Behavior Change Programs||Strong Evidence of Effectiveness|
|Environmental and Policy Approaches to Increase Physical Activity|
|Enhancing Access to Places for Physical Activity
Informational Outreach Activities
|Strong Evidence of Effectiveness|