Policy and practice-relevant youth physical activity research center agenda

Nisha Botchwey, Myron F. Floyd, Keshia Pollack Porter, Carmen L. Cutter, Chad Spoon, Tom L. Schmid, Terry L. Conway, J. Aaron Hipp, Anna J. Kim, M. Renee Umstattd Meyer, Amanda L. Walker, Tina J. Kauh, Jim F. Sallis

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Abstract

Background: The Physical Activity Research Center developed a research agenda that addresses youth physical activity (PA) and healthy weight, and aligns with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health. This paper summarizes prioritized research studies with a focus on youth at higher risk for inactive lifestyles and childhood obesity in urban and rural communities. Methods: Systematic literature reviews, a survey, and discussions with practitioners and researchers provided guidance on research questions to build evidence and inform effective strategies to promote healthy weight and PA in youth across race, cultural, and economic groups. Results: The research team developed a matrix of potential research questions, identified priority questions, and designed targeted studies to address some of the priority questions and inform advocacy efforts. The studies selected examine strategies advocating for activity-friendly communities, Play Streets, park use, and PA of youth in the summer. A broader set of research priorities for youth PA is proposed. Conclusion: Establishing the Physical Activity Research Center research agenda identified important initial and future research studies to promote and ensure healthy weight and healthy levels of PA for at-risk youth. Results will be disseminated with the goal of promoting equitable access to PA for youth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)626-634
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Physical Activity and Health
Volume15
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2018
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The RFP was distributed to a limited group of investigators and a national panel of experts reviewed the submissions. The team of authors of this paper (from the University of California San Diego, Georgia Institute of Technology, Johns Hopkins University, and North Carolina State University) was awarded a 6-month planning grant that included submission of a joint proposal for conducting multiple research studies under the name Physical Activity Research Center (PARC).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018 Human Kinetics, Inc.

Keywords

  • Exercise
  • Health disparities
  • Obesity

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