‘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.

Understanding and Influencing Physical Activity
Understanding and influencing physical activity

Section Introduction

Parts 2 and 3 of this book established that physical activity is important for maintenance of physical and mental health, and many people are not active enough to obtain these health benefits. All of this information is interesting, but data on health effects and descriptive epidemiology do not themselves produce improvements in health. They provide the motivation for individuals, health agencies, and governments to act to promote physical activity. But there is a big leap from identifying the problem to solving it.

Part 4 is devoted to solutions, and as usual, we emphasize a systematic scientific approach. In the three chapters of Part 4, we provide an overview of the behavioral research on physical activity. ...

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