CALL FOR ABSTRACTS — 138th APHA Annual Meeting (November 6-10, 2010)

Physical Activity

Submission Deadline: Monday, February 8, 2010

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Physical Activity Special Primary Interest Group

American Public Health Association 138th Annual Meeting & Exposition
Social Justice: Public Health Imperative
Denver, CO, November 6-10, 2010

The APHA Physical Activity Special Primary Interest Group (PA SPIG) invites students, educators, researchers, health professionals, advocates, and community members to submit abstracts for the APHA 138th Annual Meeting to be held November 6-10, 2010 in Denver, CO. We are seeking papers, posters, and sessions that address physical activity and public health topics, with particular emphasis on research, practice, and policy.

The theme of the 2010 APHA meeting is “Social Justice: A Public Health Imperative.” Reducing social inequalities in access to programs, policies, and places for physical activity is critical to eliminating chronic disease and other health disparities. An important step is to identify socioeconomic, racial/ethnic, cultural, geographic, and social barriers to active living in children, families, and other groups. Also necessary is the development of physical activity interventions that address disparities in at-risk and underrepresented communities. Abstracts that reflect the theme of social justice are particularly encouraged.

Topics of interest include:
  • Disparities in Physical Activity, Obesity, and the Metabolic Syndrome (socioeconomic, racial/ethnic, age, gender, rural/urban inequities; acculturation, discrimination, social/cultural factors)
  • Environmental Justice and Physical Activity (inequalities in access to, safety of, quality of the built environment; urban design, land use, parks, trails, active transportation)
  • Innovative Strategies to Promote Physical Activity (Internet, active gaming, mobile phones, social networking, dog-walking)
  • Interventions to Increase Physical Activity (at-risk, low-income, underrepresented communities, special populations, school, worksite, primary care, childcare, community settings)
Film & Technology Theater
The APHA Film & Technology Theatre is available for presentations that require Internet access, LCD projection capability, and theater-quality video projection and stereo audio. The theatre can be used for presentations that (1) require special equipment show a film, video, DVD; (2) demonstrate a special software application interactively (such as a database or GIS system or special software application); and/or (3) go online with a high speed Internet connection (e.g., to demonstrate a Web site or application). Please indicate in your abstract that you are technology dependent (i.e., require special technology not provided by APHA - or access to the Internet) and wish to present in the Film and Technology Theater. Also, check the Technology dependent box when you are submitting your abstract.

Abstract Format
Abstracts should be no less than 150 words and no more than 250 words. Please include in your submission the type of presentation preferred (oral or poster) as well as 3 measurable objectives. The following elements should be included in each abstract:

1) Background: Study objectives, hypothesis, or a description of the problem;

2) Methods: Study design, including a description of participants, procedures,
measures, and appropriate analyses (for both quantitative and qualitative

3) Results: Specific results in summary form, with statistics as appropriate; and

4) Conclusion: Description of the main outcome of the study and
importance/significance of the work.

Submission and Review
All abstracts must be submitted electronically using the APHA Meeting website by the submission deadline. Late, faxed, and email submissions cannot be accepted. APHA will send email notices of acceptance to abstract authors in early June 2010.

All abstracts are subject to masked peer review by at least three reviewers. Please remove any references to a specific institution in the body of the abstract to permit masked review and ensure fairness. By submitting an abstract proposal, the author(s) agree that, if accepted, the paper will be presented as scheduled.

Continuing Education Credit
APHA values the ability to provide continuing education credit to physicians, nurses and health educators at its annual meeting. Please complete all required information when submitting an abstract so members can claim credit for attending your session. These credits are necessary for members to keep their licenses and credentials.

For a session to be eligible for Continuing Education Credit, each presenter must provide:

1) An abstract free of trade and/or commercial product names

2) At least one MEASURABLE objective (to understand or to learn are not measurable

Use ONLY the following Measurable Action Verbs:
Explain, Demonstrate, Analyze, Formulate, Discuss, Compare, Differentiate, Describe, Name, Assess, Evaluate, Identify, Design, Define or List. Measurable objectives included in previously accepted abstracts can be viewed as examples via the link to past meetings ( ).

3) A signed Conflict of Interest form with a relevant qualification statement

Example of Acceptable Qualification Statement:
I am qualified to present because I oversee programs such as disease prevention, environmental and consumer safety and substance abuse prevention and treatment programs. I also served as an associate professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Clinical infectious Disease.

4) All continuing education learning content must be of sound science or professional practice and serve to maintain, develop or increase the knowledge, skills and professional competence of the health professional. Learning content should be evidence-based if available. A list of over 30 areas will be provided online for you to choose from. You will be asked to choose at least one or up to 6 areas that your presentation will address.

Thank you for your assistance in making your session credit worthy. Contact Annette Ferebee at if you have any questions concerning continuing education. For program questions, contact the program planner listed below.

Invited or Special Sessions
The PA SPIG invites the submission of proposals for Invited or Special Sessions related to the theme of the Annual Meeting, "Social Justice: Public Health Imperative."

Proposals: Proposals for Invited or Special Sessions (i.e., sessions with invited speakers) must be submitted by email (no faxes, please) to the Program Planner. The proposal should be a brief (not more than two pages) overview including the title, purpose, relevance and importance of the proposed session, and the proposed invited speakers, their topics, and their affiliations. Include your full mailing address, e-mail address, telephone and fax numbers.

Format: The proposal should include a detailed schedule with: proposed presider(s); specific topics with the presenters' full names underlined plus the full names of all authors; a time schedule within the session (begin the session at 0:00 hrs and end it at 1:30). We suggest that Invited or Special Sessions allow time for a discussant. The session proposal should include all author information for the organizer, presider and discussants, if any. An individual presentation at an Invited or Special Session may be up to 30 minutes in length.

Deadline: Invited or Special session proposals should be submitted to the PA SPIG Program Planner no later than February 28, 2010. An abstract submitted as part of an Invited or Special session should not be submitted as an individual contributed abstract.

Submit invited or special session proposals to:
Genevieve Dunton, PA SPIG Program Planner
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Program Planner Contact Information:
Genevieve Fridlund Dunton, PhD, MPH
Department of Preventive Medicine
University of Southern California
1000 S. Fremont Ave.
Unite 7 Bldg 5, Room 5229
Alhambra, CA 91803
Phone: 626-457-4126

Sheila O. Smith, PhD, RN
College of Nursing
Medical University of South Carolina
99 Jonathan Lucas Street
Charleston, SC 29425
Phone: 843-792-4649
Fax: 843-792-2099

Jenn A. Leiferman, PhD
School of Medicine, Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics
University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
4200 E 9th Ave, B119
Denver, CO 80262
Phone: 303-315-0731
Fax: 303-315-1010

David R. Paul, PhD
Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance
University of Idaho
P.O. Box 442401
Moscow, ID 83844-2401
Phone: 208-885-5537