Faith-Based Settings

Strategy 6
Physical activity and public health organizations should create and maintain an electronic resource for faith-based organizations to access evidence-based programs and best practices for promoting physical activity in faith-based settings.  (FBS-6)

TACTICS:

Support faith-based organizations in establishing criteria for reviewing and classifying “faith-based” and “faith-placed” programs and “best practices” within each religious affiliation. (FBS-6.1)

Objective:

  • By 2020, develop a multi-denominational advisory committee to obtain faith leader and lay member input on how to review and classify physical activity programs and “best practices”

Support faith-based organizations in addressing, where possible, physical activity programs at multiple levels, including individual, family, faith-based organization, and community. (FBS-6.2)

Objective:

  • By 2020, share resources to address physical activity programming for multiple populations (e.g. women, youth, older adults) through the clearinghouse.

Review and synthesize literature of health programs in faith-based settings, with a focus on physical activity, weight control, and physical activity-related chronic diseases. (FBS-6.3)

Objective:

  • By 2020, complete a literature review of health programs in faith-based settings, with a focus on physical activity, weight control, and physical activity-related chronic diseases.

Considering the above tactics, NPAP partners will release a competitive request for proposals from graduate students and their supervisors to review and synthesize literature of physical activity-specific research related to faith-based settings across all religious affiliations. Include those who do not affiliate with a religion but still participate in programs in a faith-based setting. (FBS-6.4)

Objective:

  • By 2020, with input from the advisory committee, complete a needs assessment to determine required elements in the literature review and develop a request for proposals

Create a public website with physical activity research and practice program materials tailored for application in faith-based settings. Support faith-based leaders and lay community members in reviewing programs, products, and resources throughout the development process. (FBS-6.5)

Objectives:

  • By 2020, post links to evidence-based programs in the clearinghouse.
  • By 2010, select a method for expanding/updating the clearinghouse.

Support faith-based leaders and lay community members in reviewing programs, products, and resources throughout the development process.

Objective:

  • By 2020, with consultation with advisory committee, create and validate a review process for use by faith-based leaders and lay community members.

 

Footnote:
* A committee of the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance (NPAPA) will work collaboratively with NPAPA organizational partners and relevant professional leaders to accomplish the identified objective.

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