A Social Ecological Approach of Community Efforts to Promote Physical Activity and Weight Management
Obesity and physical inactivity are major public health problems in the United States. Campus-Community partnerships have the potential to address the community health and quality of life issues at the local level. The purposes of this study were: 1) to identify groups who are at risk for being overweight and physically inactive; 2) to identify a relationship between broad social ecological layers and weight and exercise levels; and 3) to identify community features that are associated with weight and exercise levels. Interventions for physical activity and weight reduction should consider the social ecological framework including environmental and social influences.
Social ecological model; physical activity; weight; community assessment; community interventions; obesity
Date of this Version
Richards, Elizabeth; Riner, Mary E.; and Sands, Laura P., "A Social Ecological Approach of Community Efforts to Promote Physical Activity and Weight Management" (2008). School of Nursing Faculty Publications. Paper 3.
This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article submitted for consideration in the Journal of Community Health Nursing [copyright Taylor & Francis]; Journal of Community Health Nursing is available online at http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/07370010802421145.