Increasing Physical Activity: Environmental and Policy Approaches
Environmental and policy approaches are designed to provide opportunities, support, and cues to help people be more physically active. They may involve:
- The physical environment
- Social networks
- Organizational norms and policies
- Public health professionals, community organizations, legislators, departments of parks, recreation, transportation, and planning, and the media
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).
|Community-Scale Urban Design and Land Use Policies||Recommended
|Creation of or Enhanced Access to Places for Physical Activity Combined with Informational Outreach Activities||Recommended
|Street-Scale Urban Design and Land Use Policies||Recommended
|Transportation and Travel Policies and Practices||Insufficient Evidence
|Point-of-Decision Prompts to Encourage Use of Stairs||Recommended
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: February 9, 2011
- Page last updated: March 30, 2010
- Content source: The Guide to Community Preventive Services