‘This is timely and will be of special interest to health service managers and members of primary care groups because the successful promotion of regular physical activity is a challenge contained in the strategy of Our Healthier Nation and is a candidate for incorporation into health improvement programmes and the service framework for coronary heart disease’ — Health Service Journal This crisply written and thought-provoking book integrates theories and studies from several disciplines to examine what is known about physical activity and health.
Part V: Conclusions and Future Directions
Using the behavioral epidemiology framework to organize this book, we have emphasized how a logical sequence of research studies can be used to develop effective interventions. We have summarized research on the relationship of different kinds of physical activity to health outcomes, evidence supporting current physical activity guidelines, how to measure physical activity behaviors, factors that help explain why some people are active and others are not, and evaluations of individual- and population-oriented interventions. Knowledge is far from complete in all of these areas, so in the final chapter we look to the future and suggest research priorities that have the greatest potential for improving public health through physical activity.