Public Health


Non-profit public health organizations should engage in policy development and advocacy1 to elevate the priority of physical activity in public health practice, policy, and research.  (PH-3)


  • Advocate for the creation and funding of an Office of Physical Activity and Health within the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at CDC. (PH-3.1)
  • Advocate for the creation of an Office within the NIH Office of the Director, to be responsible for coordinating and monitoring research funding for physical activity across all NIH Institutes. (PH-3.2)
  • Advocate for a policy that ensure the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans are updated every five years.  (PH-3.3)
  • Advocate for an update in the CDC’s Guide to Community Preventive Services on approaches aimed to increase physical activity behavior.   (PH-3.4)
  • Use the most current version of the federal Physical Activity Guidelines and related documents as a foundation for physical activity advocacy and policy development.  (PH-3.5)
  • Capitalize on the Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Walking and Walkability as an opportunity for advocacy with Congress, state legislatures, and other potential funders for physical activity promotion, walking, and community infrastructure that can support walking. (PH-3.6)
  • Develop an advocacy strategy for coordinated and appropriately funded physical activity research in multiple funding agencies. (PH-3.7)
  • Engage decision makers in funding research on policy development and evaluation of the effects of existing policies related to physical activity.  (PH-3.8)
  • Encourage local, state, and national public health organizations to collaboratively engage in policy development and advocacy.   (PH-3.9)
  • Engage community-based organizations that represent neighborhoods in policy development, accountability, and advocacy activities.  (PH-3.10)
  • Engage grassroots organizations that have demonstrated success in other public health arenas (e.g., tobacco control), and provide incentives for training and participation in population-based physical activity promotion. (PH-3.11)
  • Tailor policy messages for diverse audiences and settings. Identify and engage underserved populations. Target policy messages for each population, segment, and setting.  (PH-3.12)
  • Create a long- and short-term communication schedule for advocacy.  (PH-3.13)
  • Create an interdisciplinary policy and advocacy center to support advocacy efforts and policy development for physical activity in public health agencies and support advocacy efforts.  (PH-3.14)
  • Identify and promote advocacy training opportunities for public health professionals and professionals from other sectors with whom public health can work to promote physical activity. (PH-3.15)
  • Disseminate information on evidence-based policies related to physical activity by participating in advocacy networks, with emphasis on educating partners at local, state, and national levels.    (PH-3.16)

1 Advocacy refers to educating decision makers at all levels while honoring the legal limitations associated with the use of public funds.


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