Tools & Resources: Physical Activity

Clinical Resource

The Patient-centered Assessment and Counseling for Exercise and Nutrition project offers one approach to brief physical activity and nutrition counseling using materials developed by a team of researchers at San Diego State University.

Community Partners & Programs

AARP Be Active for Life
The American Association of Retired Persons and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation co-sponsor the “Be Active for Life” program to promote physical activity among seniors. The Web site has links to a number of resources promoting active aging.

Be Active America
Has helped to launch model community-based exercise initiatives.

CDC Division of Adolescent and School Health
Find guidelines and promising practices to promote physical activity among youth in schools and communities, a self-assessment and planning tool for schools (the School Health Index), and more.

CDC Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity
Has information on community approaches to promote physical activity, a searchable State-based Physical Activity Program Directory, a Physical Activity Evaluation Handbook, information about National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, and much more.

Cooper Institute
This non-profit research and education center translates scientific information into fitness programs for individuals, worksites, and health professionals. The Institute offers health promotion certification programs and fitness materials.

Coordinated Approach to Child Health
A research-tested school-based program to promote physical activity and other healthy behaviors in school-aged children and adolescents.

JumpSTART Program
A school-based program of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, JumpSTART offers field-tested activities to promote active lifestyles among students in grades three to five.

National Association for Health and Fitness
Supports state and governors’ councils on physical fitness and sports and sponsors Let’s Get Physical (the national fitness challenge).

National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity
Offers tools and other resources to help community planners promote physical activity.

President’s Council on Physical Activity
Sponsors a number of fitness and sports awards. The site has resources for healthcare professionals, teachers, and others; and many useful links.

A San Diego State University initiative that creates and evaluates wellness programs. SPARK offers a collection of research-based physical activity programs.

State Physical Activity Contacts

  • State contacts for the American Cancer Society, CDC Physical Activity Network, and National Cancer Institute (from Cancer Control Planet).
  • Coalition contacts of the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity.
  • State councils on physical fitness and sports.

University of SC Prevention Research Center
Has physical activity resources for researchers, public health practitioners, and others, including summaries of research on promoting physical activity in communities, a directory of reviewed physical activity materials, and an on-line discussion forum for physical activity advocates.

Weinreich Communications–
Billed as the most comprehensive online resource available on social marketing, with links to a number of free government publications.

Environmental Planning Resources

American Planning Association
APA chapters conduct legislative programs, sponsor planning commissioner training workshops, and conduct public information campaigns to improve urban, suburban, regional, and rural planning.

Center for Livable Communities
Helps local governments and community leaders adopt programs and policies that lead to more livable and resource-efficient land-use patterns.

Federal Highway Administration
Provides information on transportation planning and project development, including environmental enhancements to promote physical activity.

National Center for Bicycling and Walking
Presents informational resources and outlines actions government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and individuals can take to improve the environment for bicycling and walking.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center
Provides online resources to help community planners, health officials, and others create safe places for walking and bicycling. The site has an image library and information about Walk to School Day.

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Promotes policies to create the conditions that make trail building possible.

Fitness-related Legislation

Searchable Database of State Legislative Information
Sponsored by the CDC Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity, this database contains bill information from all 50 states related to nutrition and physical activity topics.

Just for Employers

Partnership for Prevention
The Partnership publication Healthy Workforce 2010: A Health Promotion Sourcebook for Employers Large and Small has program planning information and resources for worksite wellness coordinators.

National Association for Health and Fitness
Supports state and governors’ councils on physical fitness and sports and sponsors National Employee Health and Fitness (the largest worksite fitness event in the U.S.) and Make Your Move (a worksite health promotion campaign).

Policy Resources

American College of Sports Medicine Active Aging Partnership
A coalition of non-profit groups and government agencies promoting a national plan to increase active aging. The plan includes strategies related to research, home and community, workplace, medical systems, public policy, and crosscutting issues to overcome exercise barriers.

CDC Division of Adolescent and School Health
Find data from the School Health Policies and Programs Study, and more.

CDC Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity
Find data summaries, information on the economic costs of sedentary lifestyles, information on the relationship between inactivity and chronic illness, and more.

National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity
Has links to landmark reports, statistics, and research on community design, health issues, and the prevalence/promotion of physical activity. Lists upcoming NCPPA policy summits.

For More Information

For more information, call the Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at (770) 488-5820.

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