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Physical Activity and Public Health Practice

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  • Daniel B. Bornstein PhD
  • Amy E. Eyler PhD, CHES
  • Jay E. Maddock PhD, FAAHB
  • Justin B. Moore PhD, MS, FACSM
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Physical Activity in Public Health Practice provides the first evidence-based, practical textbook to guide readers through the process of conceptualizing, justifying, implementing, and evaluating physical activity interventions across a broad array of settings and populations. Section One begins with an overview of epidemiology, measurement, critical milestones, and the importance of moving beyond individual-level physical activity intervention, to interventions aimed at policy-, systems-, and environmental-level changes. Section Two considers planning interventions across a variety of settings and populations, including general concepts for implementation and evaluation, how to build effective coalitions, steps for developing community-, regional- or state-level strategic plans, and effectively translating policy into practice. Section Three addresses how to implement physical activity strategies across a variety of settings, including worksites, faith-based settings, healthcare settings, schools, and parks and recreation. This section also provides guidance on the complexities and challenges of targeting interventions for specific populations, such as families, older adults, persons with disabilities, as well as different strategies for urban and rural populations. Lastly, Section Four outlines effective strategies for how to evaluate interventions depending upon impact, outcome, and cost evaluation, and dissemination models for your intervention.

Presented from both a research and a practice perspective while discussing the best available research, this book provides the basis for planning and implementing physical activity programs that work and can build healthier communities. This hands-on text incorporates learning objectives, real-world examples, case studies, and bulleted lists whenever possible so that the content can be digested easily not only in undergraduate and graduate course settings but also by public health workers and other health educators in practice. Written by world experts and augmented by practical applications, this textbook prepares public health students and practitioners to develop effective interventions and spur greater physical activity in their communities.

Key Features:

  • Provides effective strategies for properly measuring and increasing physical activity in communities
  • Demonstrates how to carry out physical activity interventions across a variety of settings, including schools, communities, worksites and many more
  • Discusses methods for directing physical activity interventions to specific populations
  • Delivers strategies for building successful partnerships and coalitions
  • Practical group activities, exercises, discussion questions, audio podcast discussions, and a full instructor packet accompany the textbook
  • Includes access to fully searchable downloadable eBook

Product Details 

  • Publication Date January 16, 2019
  • Page Count 412
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826134585
  • EISBN 9780826134592

Table of Contents 

Section One –An introduction to the science of physical activity and public health

Chapter 1: Physical Activity and Chronic Disease

Jonathan J. Ruiz-Ramie, Mark Sarzynski, and George L. Grieve

Chapter 2: Physical Activity Measurement and Sedentary Behaviors

John R. Sirard and Greg J. Petrucci, Jr.

Chapter 3: Important Milestones in Physical Activity and Public Health

Morgan Clennin and Daniel B. Bornstein

Chapter 4: Establishing the Value of Physical Activity for Different Stakeholders

Daniel B. Bornstein and Michelle M. Segar

Section Two – Planning your intervention

Chapter 5: Developing of Policy and Environmental Interventions

Amy A. Eyler

Chapter 6: Effective Strategies for Building and Maintaining Coalitions

Daniel B. Bornstein and Jay E. Maddock

Chapter 7: Developing Physical Activity Plans

Jay E. Maddock and Laura A. Esparza

Chapter 8: Physical Activity Policy to Practice

Amy A. Eyler and Laurie Whitsel

Section Three – Implementing interventions in Specific Communities and Settings:

Chapter 9: Physical Activity at the Workplace

Nicolaas P. Pronk

Chapter 10: Faith-Based Settings and Physical Activity Promotion

Benjamin L. Webb, Brook E. Harmon, and Melissa Bopp

Chapter 11: The Importance of the Healthcare Sector for Promoting Physical Activity

Mark Stoutenberg and Elizabeth A. Richards

Chapter 12: Physical Activity Promotion in Schools

Russell L. Carson, Jaimie McMullen, Brian D. Dauenhauer, and Danielle R. Brittain

Chapter 13: Physical Activity Opportunities Outside of School

Angie Craddock

Chapter 14: Parks, Recreation, and Physical Activity

Morgan Hughey, Bianca Shulaker, Andrew Mowen, and Andrew T. Kaczynski

Chapter 15: Physical Activity and the Family

Joseph A. Skelton, Casey Foster, and Kaela Yates

Chapter 16: Best Practices for Ensuring a Healthy and Active Lifestyle in Older Adults

Marcia G. Ory, Barbara Resnick, Mark Stoutenberg, Aya Yoshikawa, and Matthew Lee Smith

Chapter 17: Physical Activity Practices for Individuals with Disabilities

Kiley J. Tyler

Chapter 18: Physical Activity in Urban Settings

Amy A. Eyler and William J. Davis

Chapter 19: Physical Activity in Rural Settings

M. Reneé Umstattd Meyer, Michael B. Edwards, Lindsay Elliott Jorgenson, and Justin B. Moore

Section Four – Evaluating Your Intervention

Chapter 20: Evaluation of Physical Activity Interventions: Impact, Outcome, and Cost Evaluations

Justin B. Moore, Jay E. Maddock, Camelia R. Singletary, and Theresa M. Oniffrey

Chapter 21: Implementation Monitoring for Physical Activity Interventions

Justin B. Moore and Theresa M. Oniffrey

Chapter 24: Dissemination: Models and Methods

Danielle E. Jake-Schoffman, Alicia A. Dahl, and Justin B. Moore