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"Promoting Health Through Physical Activity"

Welcome to the 1997-98 school year! We are pleased to have Dr. Fran Wheeler officially "on board" as the Prevention Center's Deputy Director. Dr. Wheeler was previously the Director for Health Promotion at DHEC. Feel free to stop by the Center and wish Fran a big "Carolina welcome". The Prevention Center is starting our fifth year of funding. In keeping with our theme, "Better Health Through Physical Activity", this month's newsletter highlights CDC's physical activity efforts, the Center's seminars and workshops, national workshops and conferences, and award winning fitness websites. Slogan for the month: "Physical activity - It's everywhere you go" 

Barb Ainsworth and the Prevention Center Staff 


Spotlight on Two Special Interest Projects (SIPS)

1997 Courses on Physical Activity and Public Health

Prevention Center Seminar Series

News from the Centers for Disease Control

News from National Cholesterol Education Program

Public Health Conference Support Grant Program

Conferences/Workshops of Interest

Top 10 Fitness Web Pages


The Prevention Center has a total of eleven Special Interest Projects (SIPS) - seven continuing projects and four new this year. Here's a look at two of them.

1. Preventing Teen Pregnancy: Sharing Lessons Learned (NEW): CDC previously funded 13 demonstration sites to identify needs and assetsin various community settings to identify gaps in services and to understand the complexities of teen pregnancy prevention. Several strategies for addressing local problems were field tested during an 18 month time period. The goal of this project is to combine the results from all sites and provide a synthesis of the lessons learned so that other communities will have a guide for implementation of teen pregnancy prevention programs. USC proposes to accomplish this goal in four phases: a literature review and establishment of an advisory committee of renowned experts, collection of information from the 13 sites, analysis and validation of the data collected, and publication of the combined information. Dr. Murray Vincent, Department of Health Promotion and Education, is the Principal Investigator; Drs. Donna Richter, Belinda Reininger and Maureen Sanderson are Co-Investigators.

2. Dissemination of Effective Comprehensive School Health Programs: This project will investigate organizational, social and political factors that have contributed to the adoption, implementation and maintenance of Coordinated School Health Programs (CSHP) in South Carolina. Fifteen South Carolina schools that have been awarded Healthy Schools Awards will provide the information for a report to be generated by this project. There are few documented cases of CSHPs being implemented and maintained, although they are thought to have the potential to reduce youth risk behaviors that contribute to mortality and morbidity. USC will conduct a qualitative study of the 15 schools recognized as Healthy Schools to assess the CSHP, coordination of components of the CSHP, and contextual factors related to success. The information collected will be used to compile a report on "what works" in South Carolina, to conduct training for groups involved in school health and to make recommendations for future research for CSHPs. All activities will be coordinated with the School Health SIP Network of Prevention Centers. Dr. Ruth Saunders, Department of Health Promotion and Education, is the project's Principal Investigator. 

The 3rd annual 8-day Postgraduate Course on Research Directions and Strategies and the 2nd annual 5-day Practitioner's Course on Community Interventions were held from September 16-24 at Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island. Under the direction of Russ Pate and Fran Wheeler, the Prevention Center's largest training project brought together over 50 national and international Fellows to learn and interact with internationally renowned faculty in physical activity and public health. Research topics included Epidemiologic Methods, Dose Response to Exercise, Personal Interventions, and Women and Physical Activity; featured faculty included Carl Caspersen from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Bill Haskell from Stanford University, Steve Blair and Andrea Dunn from the Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research, I-Min Lee from Harvard School of Medicine and Barb Ainsworth from USC. The Practitioner Course covered Applied Epidemiology, Personal Interventions, Community Interventions, and Partnerships for Promoting Physical Activity. Faculty for this course included Barb Ainsworth and Andrea Dunn, as well as Ross Brownson from St. Louis University, Jim Sallis from San Diego State University, and Bill Wilkinson from the Bicycle Federation of America. Positive comments were received from both faculty and fellows -- plans are underway for next year's courses. For more information, contact Tracy Bidwell at 7-5563.

Prevention Center Seminar Series: 
On September 3, 1997, Dr. Ruth Saunders, Department of Health Promotion and Education, presented the first Prevention Center Seminar, "Promoting the Dissemination, Adoption, and Implementation of Comprehensive School Health Programs." The seminar was attended by a multi-disciplinary audience from the School of Public Health, as well as representatives of the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Education and Social Work. Staff from the SC Department of Education and SC Department of Health and Environmental Control also attended. Dr. Saunders provided an overview of the Comprehensive School Health Program, results of studies completed in South Carolina and plans for future studies that will assist in the implementation of these programs. A question and answer session followed. For more information related to this topic, check out the bulletin board located on the first floor of the School of Public Health building near the Prevention Center. (Note: The next Prevention Center Seminar is being planned for early December - watch for announcements.) 

News from the Centers for Disease Control
CDC has launched a new campaign to promote moderate physical activity among adults. The campaign is designed to help Americans do what they say they want to do --- to make regular physical activity a part of their lives. The theme, "Physical activity - It's everywhere you go," reinforces the idea that 30 minutes for moderate physical activity a day, on 5 or more days of the week, provide health benefits and fit easily into normal daily routine. The campaign focuses on simple ways to add physical activity -- taking the stairs instead of the elevator or taking a walk with the family instead of watching television. In spite of the message in last year's Surgeon General's Report, 60% of Americans still are not physically active. CDC used extensive market research to develop the campaign, which is targeted at adults who are thinking about or just starting to become physically active. The majority of this audience is 18-45 years old, educated, middle-income and female -- people who report having little time for themselves after meeting the demands of their families, homes and jobs. Barriers such as long work hours, lack of confidence, safety issues, and family priorities stand between them and their goals. The USC Prevention Center and the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control are collaborating with the CDC to develop ways to implement this campaign in South Carolina. A copy of the campaign kit is available for review in the Prevention Center and on the Internet at www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/readyset.

News from the National Cholesterol Education Program
At the September 15 meeting of the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) Coordinating Committee, there were several issues of interest to public health academicians and practitioners. (1) The NIH Expert Panel on Obesity in Adults has completed its data collection and analysis and is now drafting guidelines for clinical practice. The recommendations, expected to be released in early 1998, will address diet, exercise, behavior modification, drugs, and social support. (2) The NHLBI Information Center (telephone 301-252-1223) has some new educational materials and school curricula targeting cardiovascular health promotion in children and adults. These were developed by NHLBI-funded projects, including "Jump Start - Get Active, Have Fund, BE Healthy" and "CATCH - Child and Adolescent Trial for Cardiovascular Health." (3) Future directions for NCEP were proposed to include expanding the public health message to encompass diet, physical activity and weight control, using new technologies for communication and dissemination, and increasing health care professional education.

Public Health Conference Support Grant Program
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ASTDR) have announced the expected availability of FY 1998 funds to support public health conferences, symposia, seminars and workshops. CDC has approximately $500,000 to fund 25-30 awards; ASTDR has approximately $50,000 to fund six awards. There are two rounds of applications: Letter of Intent due dates are October 6, 1997 and April 6, 1998; Application due dates are January 12, 1998 and June 8, 1998. The earliest possible award date is March 1, 1998. For more information, call 404-332-4561 and ask for Announcement Number 803; the announcement is also available through the CDC homepage on the Internet at www.cdc.gov.

Conferences/Workshops of Interest 
"SCDDA Lovable Communities Conference" October 22-24, 1997; Charleston, SC This conference is sponsored by the SC Downtown Development Association to bring together multi-disciplinary participants to examine three broad themes of community - the human dimension, the environment, and the economy. A variety of speakers and workshops will provide opportunities to learn about many factors that influence the overall health of a community. For more information, call 933-1224 or e-mail community@masc.state.sc.us "Cardiovascular Health: Coming Together for the 21st Century" February 19-21, 1998; San Francisco, California This is a national conference, supported largely by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, that will examine all aspects of cardiovascular health and disease. These will include the most recent research findings, new clinical management approaches, creative prevention strategies, health care delivery trends, and state-of-the-art communication methods. Early registration ends December 19, 1997. For more information, call 415-476-5808 or request e-mail registration at http://cme.ucsf.edu.

Top 10 Fitness Web Pages 
The September 15, 1997, issue of "Inter@ctive Week" ranked the top 10 fitness sites. The editors rate web pages by how effectively they promote or extend an organization's business or message. Here's what they had to say. How do you think these pages rate as sources for promoting physical activity? Send your comments and suggestions to fcwheele@sph.sc.edu.

#1 Shape Up America!

Fitness and nutrition advice from former Surgeon General Koop.

#2 Fitness Partner Connection Jumpsite!
A fitness index, library and links to other sites.

#3 Balance Fitness Magazine
Virtual version of popular magazine covers exercise and nutrition.

#4 Gold's Gym Online
Big-name gym goes online.

#5 Muscle and Fitness Online
Muscle magazine for serious weight lifters.

#6 The Weight Training Page
Training tips and features for heavy lifters.

#7 Mirkin Report for Health Living
Exercise and nutrition news from media doc.

#8 Hiking and Walking Homepage
A guide for those on foot.

#9 National Bodybuilding and Fitness Magazine
Nutrition and training advice galore from the bodybuilder's bible.

#10 The Aerobics Page
A kicky page with a focus on step routines.



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