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
Interventions may involve individual or group counseling, or the inclusion of friends and family.
Task Force Recommendations and Findings
This table lists interventions reviewed by the Community Guide, with a summary of the Task Force finding (definitions of findings). Click on an underlined intervention title for a summary of the review, and where available, Research-tested Intervention Programs (RTIPs).
|Intervention||Task Force Finding|
|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
The findings and conclusions on this page are those of the Community Preventive Services Task Force and do not necessarily represent those of CDC. Task Force evidence-based recommendations are not mandates for compliance or spending. Instead, they provide information and options for decision makers and stakeholders to consider when determining which programs, services, and policies best meet the needs, preferences, available resources, and constraints of their constituents.
The content of publications of the Guide to Community Preventive Services is in the public domain. Citation as to source, however, is appreciated. Sample citation: Guide to Community Preventive Services. Increasing physical activity: behavioral and social approaches. www.thecommunityguide.org/pa/behavioral-social/index.html. Last updated: MM/DD/YYYY.
- Page last reviewed: February 4, 2016
- Page last updated: February 4, 2016
- Content source: The Guide to Community Preventive Services