Aimed at professionals in schools, health authorities, leisure centres and other organisations interested in promoting physical activity in young people, this book provides strategies for designing and implementing youth physical activity programmes in a variety of settings. It describes how to change sedentary behaviour and encourage active participation at home, school and in the community. It examines the role of physical activity in preventing such long-term health issues as obesity, diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. Professionals from a variety of fields will learn the tools necessary to design, implement and assess physical activity programmes for young people.
Dianne Ward has more than 30 years experience in the development and evaluation of physical activity programmes for children and adolescents. Ruth Saunders has worked with physical activity interventions for children and adolescents for more than 10 years and has taught health behaviour theory and health promotion programme planning and evaluation for 20 years. Russell Pate has 30 years of experience in researching the issues involved in physical activity interventions.
Part I. Physical Activity Behavior; Chapter 1. Nature of Physical Activity Behavior in Children and Youth; Chapter 2. Physical Activity Behavior in Children and Adolescents; Chapter 3. Intervention Settings and Organization for Physical Activity; Part II. Documented Interventions; Chapter 4. School Settings; Chapter 5. Community Settings; Chapter 6. Family-based Interventions through Home and Health Care Settings; Part III. Intervention Design; Chapter 7. Putting It Together: Planning Programs for Physical Activity; Chapter 8. Measuring Physical Activity, Physical Fitness, and Influences on Physical Activity; Chapter 9. Planning Program Evaluation for Physical Activity; Chapter 10. Implementing and Monitoring Physical Activity Programs.