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‘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.

Physical Activity Interventions with Individuals
Physical activity interventions with individuals

Interventions to influence individuals in ways that increase physical activity must be based on good-quality research. Designers of such physical activity interventions should make use of information from all of the phases of the behavioral epidemiology process. Research on physical activity determinants is particularly relevant, because it helps to identify which attributes of people, social systems, or environments may or may not influence physical activity. Interventions do not directly change behaviors. An effective intervention will modify one or more of the factors that control behavior, and such changes are expected to lead to improved behavior. It is said that changes in controlling factors “mediate” changes in the behavior. An intervention that changes documented psychological, social, and ...

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