Increasing Physical Activity: Behavioral and Social Approaches
Behavioral and social approaches aim to increase
physical activity by:
- Teaching behavior change skills
- Providing social support for people who are trying to begin or continue regular physical activity
These approaches often involve:
- Individual or group counseling
- The individual’s friends or family
Task Force Recommendations & Findings
This table lists interventions reviewed by the Community Guide, with Task Force findings for each (definitions of findings). Click on an underlined intervention title for a summary of the review, and where available, Research-tested Intervention Programs (RTIPs).
|Individually-Adapted Health Behavior Change Programs||Recommended
|Social Support Interventions in Community Settings||Recommended
|Family-Based Social Support||Insufficient Evidence
|Enhanced School-Based Physical Education||Recommended
|College-Based Physical Education and Health Education||Insufficient Evidence
|Classroom-Based Health Education to Reduce TV Viewing and Video Game Playing||Insufficient Evidence
The findings and conclusions on this page are those of the Community Preventive Services Task Force and do not necessarily represent those of CDC.
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- Page last reviewed: June 10, 2013
- Page last updated: June 10, 2013
- Content source: The Guide to Community Preventive Services