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Physical Activity

Physical activity improves respiratory, cardiovascular and overall health, and promotes strong muscles and bones. 80% of Americans are not getting enough exercise for optimal health. There are many barriers that people face when it comes to physical activity. The top reported barriers to physical activity include lack of time, interest, and enjoyment, as well as social and self-esteem factors. Those who live in low socioeconomic areas are more likely to face barriers to physical activity.


People in low socioeconomic areas are more likely to have poor health and life expectancy than people who live in high socioeconomic areas. Urban planning, financial constraint, work-life integration, community engagement, social support, and psychological factors lead to the barriers that those who live in low socioeconomic areas face when it comes to physical activity. Barriers to physical exercise include lack of time, social influence, lack of energy, fear of injury and lack of resources. More research about physical activity among adults with low socioeconomic status is needed,  especially in industrialized countries. Increased physical activity among those with low socioeconomic status  has potential to increase health and well-being of people, yet unfortunately increasing physical activity is an often-overlooked strategy.


Increasing access to physical activity can improve the quality of life and health of Americans of all ages. The CDC guide to strategies to increase physical activity in the community provides guidance for program managers, policy makers, and others on how to select strategies to increase physical activity in the community. In order to increase physical activity at a community-based level, environmental change and policy-related activity needs to take place to promote the benefits of physical activity.


Resources & Tools


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Urban Nature for Human Health and Well-Being
Resource - Report
Brought to you by USDA
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Bright Spot: Boeddeker Trekkers Walking Group
Resource - Model Policy
Brought to you by 100MHL
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Bright Spot: Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less
Resource - Model Policy
Brought to you by 100MHL
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Bright Spot: StairWELL
Resource - Model Policy
Brought to you by 100MHL
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Bright Spot: ENERGIZE! Program
Resource - Model Policy
Brought to you by 100MHL
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Bright Spot: A New Leaf... Choices for Healthy Living
Resource - Model Policy
Brought to you by 100MHL
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Bright Spot: DiaBEATit! Walking Group
Resource - Model Policy
Brought to you by 100MHL
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Bright Spot: Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH)
Resource - Model Policy
Brought to you by 100MHL
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Bright Spot: OSNAP Initiative: Strategies to Increase Drinking Water Access
Resource - Model Policy
Brought to you by 100MHL
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Bright Spot: Healthy Lifestyles Challenge-"Get a Lifestyle!"
Resource - Model Policy
Brought to you by 100MHL
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Active Living Toolkit
Resource - Guide/handbook
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Physical Activity Logic Model
Resource
Brought to you by Wilder Research
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Bright Spot: SPARK
Resource - Model Policy
Brought to you by 100MHL
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Bright Spot: WISEWOMAN (NC WISEWOMAN)
Resource - Model Policy
Brought to you by 100MHL
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Bright Spot: A Matter of Balance
Resource - Model Policy
Brought to you by 100MHL
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Exercise is Medicine On Campus Action Guide
Resource - Guide/handbook
Brought to you by American College of Sports Medicine
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Bright Spot: Tai Chi for Health
Resource - Model Policy
Brought to you by 100MHL
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Step it Up! The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities
Resource
Brought to you by Office of the Surgeon General of the United States
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Active Design Guidelines
Resource - Guide/handbook
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Bright Spot: Granville Greenways
Resource - Model Policy
Brought to you by 100MHL
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The Impact of Mileage Club
Story - Written
Brought to you by 100MHL
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Rethinking Sidewalks and Streets in the Midst of COVID-19
Story - Written
Brought to you by National League of Cities
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Staff Pick!
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