Discuss whether you agree or disagree with the findings that community-wide campaign strategies are effective in increasing physical activity and improving physical fitness among adults and children.

Required Reading

Guide to Community Prevention Services (2016). 2016 Annual Report to Congress, Federal Agencies, and Prevention Stakeholders. Retrieved from http://www.thecommunityguide.org/annualreport/2016-congress-report-full.pdf

Guide to Community Preventive Services (2013). Increasing physical activity. Accessed on July 14, 2016 from http://www.thecommunityguide.org/pa/index.html

Kahn, E. B., Ramsey, L.T., Brownson R., Heath, G.W., Howze, E.H., Powell, K.E., Stone, E.J., Rajab, M.W., Corso, P. and the Task Force on Community Preventive Services (2002). The effectiveness of interventions to increase physical activity: a systematic review. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 22(4S), 73-107. Retrieved from http://www.thecommunityguide.org/pa/pa-ajpm-evrev.pdf

Task Force on Community Preventive Services (2002). Recommendations to increase physical activity in communities. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 22(4S), 67-72. Retrieved from http://www.thecommunityguide.org/pa/pa-ajpm-recs.pdf

Optional Readings

Committee on Health and Behavior: Research, Practice, and Policy, Board on Neuroscience and Behavioral Health (2001). Findings and recommendations. Health and behavior: The interplay between the biological, behavioral, and societal influences (pp. 329-350). Washington, DC: National Academy Press. Retrieved from http://books.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=9838&page=329

Optional Resources

Purdue Online Writing Lab. (2018). General format. Retrieved from https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/apa_style/apa_formatting_and_style_guide/general_format.html

Purdue Online Writing Lab. (2018). In-text citations: The basics. Retrieved from https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/apa_style/apa_formatting_and_style_guide/in_text_citations_the_basics.html

Purdue Online Writing Lab. (2018). Reference list: Basic rules. Retrieved from https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/apa_style/apa_formatting_and_style_guide/reference_list_basic_rules.html

**HOMEWORK  ASSIGNMENT**

The Task Force on Community Preventive Services recommends community-wide campaigns strategy to be effective in increasing physical activity and improving physical fitness among adults and children. Do you agree or disagree? Discuss your position in a 3-page paper.

The following items in particular will be assessed:

  1. Discuss whether you agree or disagree with the findings that community-wide campaign strategies are effective in increasing physical activity and improving physical fitness among adults and children.
  2. Defend your position by providing empirical evidence.
  3. Based on your required readings and your own research, what strategies do you think are effective in increasing and maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle?

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