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Connecting Active Living Research to Policy Solutions
13 Papers Look at Ways to Encourage People to Be More Active
The supplement collects papers that were presented at a 2008 conference hosted by Active Living Research (ALR). ALR is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that builds an evidence base on the environmental and policy factors related to physical activity to inform policy.
The 13 research papers in the supplement cover three broad categories: transportation, schools and youth, and built and social environments. Researchers evaluated policy interventions related to federal transportation funding and employer transit incentives, as well as the types of roads cyclists used and building designs to stimulate the use of stairs. They also evaluated school policies and a wide range of correlates of active commuting to school. A review paper compiles the available evidence on disparities in physical activity and sedentary behavior among U.S. children and adolescents. Four commentaries provide ideas on improving the connections between research and policy.
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Here are the articles in the publication:
* Translating Research into Public Policy
* Can We Achieve Evidence-Based Policy and Practice on Active Travel?
* Social Science, Equal Justice, and Public Health Policy
* Where Different Worlds Collide
* Factors Associated with Federal Transportation Funding for Local Pedestrian and Bicycle Programming and Facilities
* Transit and Health: Mode of Transport, Employer-Sponsored Public Transit Pass Programs, and Physical Activity
* Bicycling for Transportation and Health
* Effect of Innovative Building Design on Physical Activity
* Arkansas Act 1220 of 2003 to Reduce Childhood Obesity
* Early Impact of the Federally Mandated Local Wellness Policy on Physical Activity in Rural, Low-Income Elementary Schools in Colorado
* Preventing Childhood Obesity through State Policy
* Correlates of Walking to School and Implications for Public Policies
* Sociodemographic, Family, and Environmental Factors Associated with Active Commuting to School Among US Adolescents
* Implementation of Texas Senate Bill 19 to Increase Physical Activity in Elementary Schools
* New Recreational Facilities for the Young and the Old in Los Angeles
* Disparities in Urban Neighborhood Conditions
* The Relation of the Perceived Environment to Fear, Physical Activity, and Health in Public Housing Developments
* Disparities in Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviors Among US Children and Adolescents