The National Association for Sport and Physical Education seeks to enhance knowledge and professional practice in sport and physical activity through scientific study and dissemination of research-based and experiential knowledge to members and the public.
The purpose of the Nutrition and Physical Activity Policy Resource Guide is to create a comprehensive resource for the prioritization and development of nutrition and physical activity policies at state, local, and private jurisdictions. Where applicable, evidence of policy effectiveness is provided. Institutional and public policy changes are critical to achieving sustained behavioral change. Policy and environmental changes that support healthy communities, healthy organizations, and healthy choices are cornerstones in the public health world. The resource guide divides the nutrition and physical activity sections into domains of communities, schools, worksites, and healthcare.
This analysis describes physical activity levels and factors associated with physical activity in an ethnically diverse sample of rural older adults with diabetes.About half (52.5%) of the participants stated that they had engaged in physical activity in the past year. Among those, 42.5% stated that they had no days with at least 30 minutes of continuous physical activity in the prior week, while 21.5% reported daily physical activity.Physical activity in this ethnically diverse sample of rural elders with diabetes is limited. Effort must be invested to increase physical activity in these groups.
A summary of proven approaches for promoting physical activity. The Guide to Community Preventive Services reports evidence-based recommendations on effective population-level interventions to promote physical activity.
This report analyzes the often-overlooked environmental factors associated with physical activity. The authors, who categorized their findings into five distinct categories, found that accessibility, opportunities, and aesthetic attributes were all significant associations with physical activity.
Two communities involved with the Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities national program have been selected among the inaugural 2013 RWJF Roadmaps to Health Prize Winners. Selected from 160 applicants, Santa Cruz and New Orleans were among six communities recognized by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The RWJF Roadmaps to Health Prize honors outstanding community partnerships that are helping people live healthier lives. Prize winners were chosen because of their innovative strategies for population-level changes: policy and environmental improvements that enable people to make healthier choices. Each of these communities won $25,000 to continue their journeys toward better health.