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Res Q Exerc Sport. 2008 Jun;79(2):245-55.

Creating community, assessing need: preparing for a community physical activity intervention.

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Department of Educational Psychology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22904, USA. dew6d@virginia.edu

Abstract

This paper describes the preliminary steps needed to begin a community physical activity intervention in a rural context, including forming a community coalition and assessing values, beliefs, and knowledge about physical activity. A random mail survey (N = 171) indicated relatively high activity rates, and perceived barriers consistent with the literature (time, program convenience, safety issues). Perceived benefits included improving/sustaining health and looking better/improving appearance. Five focus groups added additional barriers (e.g., physical isolation, lack of transportation). Residents were unaware of many existing services and indicated a desire for more walking trails, health-related activities, and low-cost exercise facilities. The discussion focuses on the importance of establishing a community coalition and implications for future program development and research.

PMID:
18664048
DOI:
10.1080/02701367.2008.10599487
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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