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Physical Activity and Public Health Practice

1st Edition

Edited by Barbara E. Ainsworth, Caroline A. Macera

CRC Press

371 pages

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Physical activity remains a critical area of research as we consider cost-effective measures for lowering the chronic disease epidemic worldwide. In our increasingly automated society, many adults and children are not active at health-enhancing levels. In Physical Activity and Public Health Practice, a panel of respected researchers summarizes esse

Table of Contents

History of Physical Activity Contributions to Public Health. Physiological Adaptations to Moderate-Intensity Aerobic Exercise. The Unique Influence of Sedentary Behavior on Health. Physical Activity in Chronic Disease Prevention. Physical Activity and Injury Prevention. Physical Activity in Treatment of Chronic Conditions. Physical Activity in Growth and Development. Physical Activity and Healthy Adulthood. Physical Activity and Healthy Aging. Physical Activity and Obesity. Physical Activity Measurement. National Guidelines for Physical Activity. Surveillance of Physical Activity. Physical Activity Promotion in Underserved Communities. Built Environmental Supports for Walking. Physical Activity Promotion in Worksites. Promotion of Physical Activity in Schools. Policy for Physical Activity Promotion. Index.

About the Editors

Barbara E. Ainsworth, PhD, MPH, FACSM, FNAK, is a professor in the Exercise and Wellness Program within the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion at Arizona State University (ASU). Her research relates to physical activity and public health with focuses on the assessment of physical activity in populations, the evaluation of physical activity questionnaires, and physical activity in women. Dr. Ainsworth is best known as the lead author for the Compendium of Physical Activities, an exhaustive list of the energy cost of human physical activities. Dr. Ainsworth holds honorary academic appointments at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, and the Akershaus University College in Oslo, Norway. She has served as president for the ACSM and was a 2006 ACSM Citation Award recipient. Her teaching assignment at ASU includes graduate courses on research methods, physical activity and public health, and physical activity epidemiology.

Caroline A. Macera, PhD, FACSM, is a professor of epidemiology and associate director at the Graduate School of Public Health at San Diego State University. Dr. Macera taught at the University of South Carolina for 17 years before joining the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a team leader for surveillance and epidemiology in the Physical Activity and Health Branch. During this time, she was involved in developing the Healthy People 2010 physical activity and fitness objectives. Dr. Macera has more than 30 years of experience as an epidemiologist and is a fellow of the ACSM. She has more than 200 publications in the field of epidemiology and public health, most with a focus on the role of physical activity and health. Dr. Macera is a coauthor of an undergraduate text entitled, "Basics of Epidemiology: The Distribution and Determinants of Disease in Humans," and teaches courses in epidemiology and chronic disease prevention.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Epidemiology
MEDICAL / Nutrition
MEDICAL / Public Health