Behavior change interventions alone are insufficient to effect population level improvements in physical activity. This course will address the broader social, policy, and environmental approaches that are being utilized nationwide to create physical and cultural settings that support increases in physical activity, with a specific focus on routine activities such as walking, bicycling, and using public transit. Physical activity measurement, epidemiology, and recommended guidelines will be outlined, along with fundamental lessons of how individually targeted approaches to physical activity and nutrition can be used to inform larger-scale behavior change efforts. The socio-ecological model will frame the evidence for systems-based approaches to population physical activity, such as key elements of the built environment that support routine activity and healthier food systems; policies, such as land use plans and zoning, transportation networks and funding, and site design guidelines; and school policies affecting physical activity (e.g. physical education and recess, shared-use agreements, Safe Routes to School). When 2 appropriate, policy approaches to improved nutrition will be included as well (e.g. land use practices to preserve farmland; local ordinances supporting urban agriculture or limiting fast food establishments). The result will be a broad understanding of the evidence- and best practicebased approaches to healthy community development. The course does not assume a technical background in public health or planning, and is well-suited for interested professionals in public health promotion and policy development, and health agencies; planning, public works, parks and recreation, housing, transit, and transportation; school administration; economic and community development; elected and appointed officials; and advocates and citizens concerned with the public health of their community.
Designing Equitable, Inclusive Communities for Physical Activity
|Summer 2021||N/A||Online Asynchronous|