3318.0 Promoting Physical Activity Through Environmental and Policy Change

Monday, October 27, 2008: 2:30 PM
Evidence supports the use of multi-level interventions to address major public health issues. Physical inactivity is the second leading cause of actual death in the US, and effective environmental and policy strategies are sorely needed to supplement efforts targeting individuals to increase population levels of physical activity. This session will feature lessons learned from a variety of projects and present information that practitioners can use to determine which environmental and policy approaches best suit their communities.
Session Objectives: 1. Understand the role of the physical environment in shaping physical activity behaviors in diverse settings (e.g., schools, parks, neighborhoods). 2. List 3-5 concrete examples of local policies to improve activity environments. 3. Utilize tools to identify successful strategies and specific policies to improve opportunities for physical activity. 4. Identify strategies to develop partnerships to create activity-friendly environments

2:30 PM
A model for campus partnerships for better health
Deirdra A. Murphy, DPT, MS, MHA and Cynthia M. Ferrara, PhD
2:48 PM
Creating physical activity opportunities in after school programs: Findings from the after school physical activity environmental assessment in the Healthy Eating Active Communities (HEAC) program
Liz Schwarte, MPH, Brian Cole, DrPH, Sallie C. Yoshida, DrPH, RD, Arnell Hinkle, MPH, RD, Krista Stiffler, MPH, Sarah Stone-Francisco, MPH and Sarah Samuels, DrPH
3:06 PM
Environmental Nutrition and Activity Community Tool: A tool for promoting physical activity through organizational practice and policy change
Linda M. Shak, MSW, Carol Chao, BA, Sam Davidson, BA, Sana Chehimi, MPH, Manal Aboelata, MS and Leslie Mikkelsen, MPH, RD
3:24 PM
Using Parks to Bridge Diverse Communities and Enhance Health: California's Experience
Lisa Cirill, MS, Nina Gordon, MPA, Ray Murray and David Holland
3:42 PM
Health for Oakland, Its People and Environment (HOPE) Collaborative's participatory action research and planning process
Henry Herrera, MD, Mia Luluquisen, DrPH, MPH, RN, Kimi Watkins-Tartt, Suzan Bateson, Allison Pratt, Navina Khanna, MS and Alisa Dodge

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Organized by: Food and Nutrition
Endorsed by: Public Health Education and Health Promotion, Socialist Caucus, School Health Education and Services

CE Credits: CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing

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