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Br J Sports Med. 2009 Jan;43(1):39-43. doi: 10.1136/bjsm.2008.053629. Epub 2008 Nov 3.

Whole of community physical activity interventions: easier said than done.

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  • 1Central Queensland University, Bruce Highway, Rockhampton, Queensland 4702, Australia. k.mummery@cqu.edu.au

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To reflect on whole community intervention approaches to promoting physical activity, using experiences from the 10,000 Steps Rockhampton project.

DESIGN:

Many studies are quasi-experimental with single site intervention and comparison communities.

SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS:

Whole communities.

INTERVENTION:

Coordinated multiple strategies designed to address individual, interpersonal and environmental determinants of physical activity.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE:

Physical activity

RESULTS:

There are many challenges to conducting whole community interventions. Developing community partnerships and coalitions, reaching socially disadvantaged groups, and developing effective evaluation methods are identified as specific concerns.

CONCLUSIONS:

Despite the challenges, the whole community approach still offers tremendous potential for developing the social and cultural change which will be required for sustained improvements in population physical activity.

PMID:
18981043
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