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February 17, 2017 3:52 PMCategory: Physical Activity

CDC Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity:  Physical Activity Highlights

  1. Map Series, Complete Streets Policies — 2006 to 2015

Click here to view the maps — Complete Streets Policies in the United States, 2006—2015

This series of maps displays the progression in the adoption of state-level and local- or regional-level Complete Streets policies in the United States from 2006 through 2015.

Source:  National Complete Streets Coalition.  Warning:  it does take a minute to load).

  1. Trends in Physical Activity – Summary

This document presents trends in the prevalance of physical activity objectives included in Healthy People 2020.  Physical activity levels appear to have increased from about 2008 to 2012, but have since leveled off.

  1. Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities – YMCA Storybook

The YMCA produced an on-line storybook of its work supporting its state alliances to implement STEP IT UP!  The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities).

  1. Transportation for America: Case Studies

Measuring what we value: Prioritizing public health to build prosperous regions

A package of case studies released by Transportation for America showcases a range of strategies that metro area planning agencies can use to strengthen the local economy, improve public health outcomes for all of their residents, promote social equity and better protect the environment.  They have a focus on strategies that Greensboro NC, Nashville TN, Sacramento CA, and Broward County, FL employed to support metropolitan planning organization strategies for active living.

  1. Making Strides: State Report Cards on Support for Walking, Bicycling, and Active Kids and Communities

The report cards examine state policy and implementation of key public policies and also include a measures that summarize access to parks, sidewalks, and bike lanes. Each state is scored in four areas: Complete Streets and Active Transportation, Safe Routes to School and Active Transportation Funding, Active Neighborhoods and Schools, and State Physical Activity Planning and Support.

This report also includes an overview of research that supports walking, bicycling and physical activity as ways to improve health; discussion of the rationale for state-level report cards; a detailed explanation of how the states were graded; and reflections on the state of physical activity in different regions and our country as a whole.

  1. Strategic Priorities for Physical Activity Surveillance in the United States.

Fulton JE, Carlson SA, Ainsworth BE, Berrigan D, Carlson C, Dorn JM, Heath GW, Kohl III HW, Lee I-M, Lee SM, Mâsse LC, Morrow Jr JR, Gabriel KP, Pivarnik JM, Pronk NP, Rodgers AB, Saelens BE, Sallis JF, Troiano RP, Tudor-Locke C, Wendel A.  Strategic priorities for physical activity surveillance in the United States:  Findings from a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and American College of Sports Medicine Roundtable.  Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2016 Oct;48(10):2057-69. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000000989.

Key Findings: These strategic priorities were: 1) identify and prioritize physical activity constructs, 2) assess the psychometric properties of instruments for physical activity surveillance, 3) provide training and technical assistance for those collecting, analyzing, or interpreting surveillance data, 4) explore accessing data from alternative sources, and 5) improve communication, translation, and dissemination about estimates of physical activity from surveillance systems. A first step going forward is to develop a national plan for physical activity surveillance that would provide an operating framework from which to execute these priorities.

  1. Prevalence of Complete Streets Policies in U.S. Municipalities

Carlson SA, Paul P, Kumar G, Watson KB, Atherton E, Fulton JE. Prevalence of Complete Streets policies in U.S. municipalities. Journal of Transport & Health, November 2016 [E-pub ahead of print].

Key Findings: Agreement between local Complete Streets policies reported in CBS HEAL and the coalition’s database was moderate. Agreement was lower for municipalities with smaller populations, those located in rural areas, and those with a lower median education level. There is room for improvement in the adoption of Complete Streets policies in the United States, as well as a need to address challenges in the collection of information about these policies from municipalities.

  1. Understanding the Demographic Differences in Neighborhood Walking Supports

Carlson SA, Watson KB, Paul P, Schmid TL, Fulton JE. Understanding the Demographic Differences in Neighborhood Walking Supports. J Phys Act Health. 2016 Dec 29:1-28. doi: 10.1123/jpah.2016-0273. [Epub ahead of print]

Key Findings:  The presence and usefulness of neighborhood supports for walking can differ by type and demographic characteristics. Recognizing these difference can help communities plan and implement strategies to promote walking.

  1. Mall Walking: Stakeholder Perspectives

Belza B, Miyawaki  C, Allen P, King D, Marquez DX, Jones DL, Janicek S, Rosenberg D, Brown D. (In Press). Building Community: Stakeholder Perspectives on Walking in Malls and Other Venues. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity.

Key Findings:  All informants indicated satisfaction with their program and environmental features. Differences in expectations was noted in that walkers wanted a safe, clean, and social place whereas managers and leaders felt a need to provide programmatic features. Given the favorable walking environments in malls, there is an opportunity for public health professionals, health care organizations, and providers of aging services to partner with malls to promote walking.

  1. Achieving Health Equity through Physical Activity

Hasson, R.E., Keith, N., Brown, D.R., Dorn, J., Barkely, L., Torgan, C., Whitt-Glover, M., Ainsworth, B. (In Press). Achieving Health Equity through Physical Activity Lifestyle: ACSM’s Strategic Plan, Med Sci Sports Exerc.

See the attached PDF.

Key Findings:  The actionable, integrated pathways that provide the foundation of ACSM’s roadmap include: (1) communication: raising awareness of the issue and magnitude of health inequities, and conveying the power of physical activity in promoting health equity; (2) education: developing educational resources to improve cultural competency for healthcare providers and fitness professionals as well as developing new community-based programs for lay health workers; (3) collaboration: building partnerships and programs that integrate existing infrastructures and leverage institutional knowledge, reach, and voices of public, private and community organizations; and (4) evaluation: ensuring that ACSM attains measurable progress in reducing physical activity disparities to promote health equity. This paper provides a conceptual overview of these four pathways of ACSM’s roadmap, an understanding of the challenges and advantages of implementing these components as well as the organizational and economic benefits of achieving health equity.

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