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 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-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. 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: environmental and policy approaches. www.thecommunityguide.org/pa/environmental-policy/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