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This page contains reports and tools that relate to physical activity.  Many of the items were developed by the PRC, often in partnership with community agencies and partners.  Each report or tool is described briefly on this page and further information can be found by following the links provided.


F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2011
Adult obesity rates increased in 16 states in the past year and did not decline in any state, according to F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2011, a report from the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Twelve states now have obesity rates above 30 percent. Four years ago, only one state was above 30 percent.

School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity
Released by the CDCs Division of Adolescent and School Health, the Guidlines provide evidence-based recommendations for healthy eating and physical activity in schools. There are nine guidelines included in the report, and each is accompanied by suggestions for implementing the stategies, to help schools put these ideas into practice.


Human Papillomavirus and Cervical Health Brochure and Poster Tailored to American Indian Women
These educational materials contain information to raise awareness of cervical cancer, Human Papillomavirus and the need for regular Pap tests in the American Indian population.  Included are a brochure and poster created through a partnership between the USC PRC and the Cherokee Women's Wellness Center, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

Community Mini-grant Application Form and Reviewers' Form
The application form is an example of a form completed by community groups to apply for a mini-grant for projects to help create an active community environment. The reviewers' form was used by external reviewers to rate the application. An internal awards committee, comprised of university researchers and community coalition members reviewed the applications, summary of reviewers' ratings and comments, and site visit reports (if needed).

Share the Road Video
The Share the Road video was created by Sumter County Active Lifestyles coalition members. Community members wrote, produced and acted in the video to promote the concept of friendly and respectful sharing of the roadways between bicyclists and motorists. 

Share the Road Surveys
These questionnaires were used to assess bicyclists' and motorists' knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors regarding "Sharing the Road."

Accelerometer Script, Diary and Placement Photos
These materials were used in the Sisters Taking Action For Real Success (STARS) intervention with women.  They are provided here as an example for researchers and practitioners collecting accelerometer data in the community. 

Volunteer Walk Leader Manual
This manual was developed by Jean Butel in partnership with Linda Pekuri and the Sumter Active Lifestyles Coalition.  It was used in conjunction with an in-person training session for community volunteers interested in starting a walking group. The manual provides relevant and useful information to assist walk leaders and enhance the walk leader experience. It contains the information and tools needed to be a successful volunteer walk leader.

Environmental Supports for Physical Activity Questionnaire
This questionnaire was used to develop and test questions for a future Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) module to assess individual perceptions of physical activity supports in the social and physical environment. From the questionnaire, a 5-item short BRFSS module and an 11-item long BRFSS module were created.

Recreation Facility Evaluation Tool
This instrument can be used to identify and evaluate parks, playgrounds, sports fields, aquatic facilities/pools, and recreation centers. Each park and recreation center can be rated with respect to safety, condition, and maintenance of the facility.

Sidewalk Assessment Tool
The Sidewalk Assessment Tool consists of five items used to assess each segment of a sidewalk: levelness, artificial items blocking the path, natural items blocking the path, cleanliness (litter), and surface condition.

Evaluating Community Coalition Characteristics and Functioning
An inventory of measurement tools for evaluating coalition functioning was created from a review of the research literature and the Internet. In this inventory, the measurement tools are organized by five general categories (which are not necessarily mutually exclusive): 1) Member Characteristics and Perceptions, 2) Organizational or Group Characteristics, 3) Organizational or Group Climate and Processes, 4) General Coalition Function or Scales Bridging Multiple Constructs, and 5) Impacts and Outcomes.

The Compendium of Physical Activities
Since its first use in 1987, the Compendium has been used in studies worldwide to assign intensity units to physical activity questionnaire responses and to develop innovative ways to assess energy expenditure in physical activity studies.

International Physical Activity Questionnaire
The purpose of the International Physical Activity Questionnaires (IPAQ) is to provide a set of well-developed instruments that can be used internationally to obtain comparable estimates of physical activity. There are two versions of the questionnaire. The short version is suitable for use in national and regional surveillance systems and the long version provide more detailed information often required in research work or for evaluation purposes. Dr. Barbara Ainsworth, former director of the USC PRC, is a member of the IPAQ development team. This link will take you directly to the IPAQ website.

Heart Healthy & Ethnically Relevant (HHER) Tools
The Heart Healthy and Ethnically Relevant (HHER) Tools study developed a replicable process for redesigning educational tools to improve diet and physical activity patterns for cardiovascular disease risk reduction to be culturally relevant for financially disadvantaged African American women. In addition to a paper detailing the HHER Tools process, final products of the study include educational materials for "Lowfat Living" and Walking.

Tools for Reviewing Physical Activity Promotional Materials.
The USC PRC has developed a tool for evaluating physical activity promotional materials and has used this tool to assess a number of current materials. At this link you will find a list of reviewed materials plus tools and instructions for evaluating your own materials.

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