FUNDING SOURCE: CDC PRC Special Interest Project, U48/CCU409664 SIP 05-01 (2001-2004), 5-U48-DP-000051 SIP 13-04 (2004-2009)


  • Delores M. Pluto, PhD


The Physical Activity Policy Research Network (PAPRN) was established to foster understanding of the effectiveness of policies related to increasing physical activity in communities. As a member center, the USC PRC collaborated with the CDC, PAPRN coordinating center, and other PAPRN network centers (i.e., the PAPRN network) to advance a physical activity policy research agenda. The mission of the PAPRN was to conduct transdisciplinary policy research by identifying physical activity policies and their determinants, describing the process of implementing policies and determining the outcomes of physical activity policies. Go to to learn more about the PAPRN.

The SC PAPRN conducted the School Travel Survey with elementary and middle school principals, district superintendents, and district school board chairs to develop a better understanding of school and district policies related to walking and cycling to school as well as the attitudes of school and district officials related to walking and cycling to school. The surveys may be accessed here. Click here for the school district survey and here for the individual principal's survey.


Brownson RC, Kelly CM, Eyler AA, Carnoske C, Grost SL, Handy JE, Maddock J, Pluto D, Ritacco BA, Sallis JF, Schmid TL. Environmental and policy approaches for promoting physical activity in the United States: A research agenda. Journal of Physical Activity and Health. 2008 July;5(4):488-503.

Eyler A, Baldwin J, Carnoske C, Nikelson J, Troped P, Steinman L, Pluto D, Litt J, Evenson KR, Terpstra J, Brownson RC, Scmidt TL. Parental involvement in active transport to school initiatives: A multi-site case study. Am J Health Education. 2008 May/June;39(3):138-47.

Eyler A, Brownson RC, Doescher M, Evenson KR, Fesperman C, Litt J, Pluto D, Steinman L, Terpstra J, Troped PJ, Schmid T. Policies related to active transport to and from school: A multi-site case study. Health Educ Res [Epub ahead of print]. 2007. Available from:

Eyler A, Brownson RC, Evenson KR, Levinger D, Maddock J, Pluto D, Troped PJ. Developing community trails: Brainstorms and the power of policy. Planning Magazine. 2007 February:A12.

Eyler A, Brownson RC, Evenson KR, Levinger D, Maddock J, Pluto D, Troped PJ, Schmid T, Carnoske C, Richards K, Steinman L. Policy Influences on Community Trail Development. J Health Politics Policy Law. 2008 June;33(3):407-27.

Mathews AE, Pluto D, Ogoussan O, Banda J. (2010). "Active travel to school: policies and attitudes of school and district leaders." J Phys Act Health 7 Suppl 1: S13-9.