Physical Activity Intervention Strategies

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The physical activity intervention strategies are described separately below. Each of these strategies is most effective when it is combined with other strategies. For example, changing knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs will do little to increase physical activity if there are no places to go to be physically active. Similarly, changing knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs will not be as effective if there is not social support for engaging in physical activity.

As described in Readiness and Preparation, it is important to make sure that the intervention strategies are created to represent and address the needs of the Population. This may include paying attention to how different groups think about physical activity (e.g., preferences for different types of physical activity may exist for men and women or children and adults). Furthermore, an intervention works best when there is an attempt to address language, reading level, and cultural barriers (see Cultural Competence for more information).


Select one of the following intervention strategies The purpose of your intervention is to change…
infoBehavior infoKnowledge, attitudes, skills, and beliefs infoSocial support infoEnvironments and policies
infoCampaigns & Promotions

C

E

E

C

infoIndividual Education

E

E

I

I

infoGroup Education

E

E

E

I

infoSupportive Relationships

E

E

E

I

infoProvider Education

E

E

E

I

infoEnvironment & Policies

E

I

I

E

E = evidence supports the effectiveness of this strategy
C = evidence supports use of this strategy in combination with other strategies
I = insufficient evidence to make a recommendation

Select a strategy to learn how to develop an intervention using the strategy.
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