CORE RESEARCH PROJECT: Changing Policies and Environmental Conditions to Promote Physical Activity

FUNDING SOURCE: CDC 1998-2004

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Barbara E. Ainsworth, PhD, MPH

CO- INVESTIGATOR: Patricia A. Sharpe, PhD, MPH

Researchers worked with the Sumter County Active Lifestyles Coalition and other community partners on strategies to promote physical activity through community education, local policies, and environmental improvements. Guided by objectives that community members and researchers created together, the intervention employed strategies such as community education, policy and media advocacy, community improvement projects, and partnership development. Community residents and partners were involved in changing the environment by increasing the number and quality of walking trails, maintaining and promoting the use of parks, and improving the accessibility, lighting, and safety of outdoor recreation areas.