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The Guide to Clinical Preventive Services

Together, the Community Guide and the Clinical Guide provide evidence-based recommendations across the prevention spectrum.


Increasing Physical Activity: Campaigns and Informational Approaches

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Campaigns and informational approaches aim to:

  • Change knowledge about physical activity benefits
  • Increase awareness about ways to increase physical activity in the community
  • Explain how to overcome barriers and negative attitudes about physical activity
  • Increase participation in community-based activities

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
Community-Wide Campaigns Recommended
February 2001
Stand-Alone Mass Media Campaigns Insufficient Evidence
March 2010
Classroom-Based Health Education Focused on Providing Information Insufficient Evidence
October 2000

Presentations and Promotional Materials

Community Guide In Action: Stories from the Field

Evidence-Based Recommendations Get Minnesotans in the Groove Adobe PDF File [PDF - 542 kB]

Rural Community Works Together to Stay "Fun and Fit" Adobe PDF File [PDF - 604 kB]

What Works – Fact Sheets

What Works: Increasing Physical Activity – brochure and insert Adobe PDF File [PDF - 859 kB]

Archived Reviews

Access summaries, supporting materials, and publications from previous reviews.

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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.

Sample Citation

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: campaigns and informational approaches. Last updated: MM/DD/YYYY.