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J Phys Act Health. 2008 Jul;5(4):488-503.

Environmental and policy approaches for promoting physical activity in the United States: a research agenda.

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Prevention Research Center, School of Public Health, Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, MO 63104, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Environmental and policy approaches are promising strategies to raise population-wide rates of physical activity; yet, little attention has been paid to the development and prioritization of a research agenda on these topics that will have relevance for both researchers and practitioners.

METHODS:

Using input from hundreds of researchers and practitioners, a research agenda was developed for promoting physical activity through environmental and policy interventions. Concept mapping was used to develop the agenda.

RESULTS:

Among those who brainstormed ideas, 42% were researchers and 33% were practitioners. The data formed a concept map with 9 distinct clusters. Based on ratings by both researchers and practitioners, the policy research cluster on city planning and design emerged as the most important, with economic evaluation second.

CONCLUSIONS:

Our research agenda sets the stage for new inquiries to better understand the environmental and policy influences on physical activity.

PMID:
18648115
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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