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Title:Enhanced Access to Places for Physical Activity
Pub. date: March 2004
Edition: 1st
Includes: Online Booklet (PDF)
Audience: Nutrition Educators, Adults
Language: English
Description:Increasing physical activity and improving nutrition can help to control the epidemic of overweight and obesity, as well as decrease the risk of chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and osteoporosis. A recommended strategy to increase physical activity is to create and promote places in the community for activity.

This Action Packet is one in a series of six. It will help you promote community health through enhanced access to places in the community for physical activity in your local area. The Packet provides guidelines for creating the partnerships needed to make your projects successful. Packet resources include background information, real examples, action steps, presentation materials, resources and support materials.

Funding Source: United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service, funds for Food Stamp Nutrition Education
Developer: Amy Root
Organization: University of Southern Maine
Phone: 207-626-5258
Length: 67 pages
Assessment instrument Used? Yes
Use Restrictions: Permission needed to copy.
Reviewers Comments: This action packet was designed to help people improve access to physical activity for their community. Some of the examples include making new trails in the community, offering exercise classes, creating walking paths, and creating and cleaning up parks. While it seems like a daunting task, the action packet breaks it all down into six basic steps, and provides ample resources to explain and facilitate the process. Users will find background information, examples of other places where access to physical activity has been enhanced, presentation materials to gather support for the cause, resources (some of which are specific to Maine) and supporting materials. The supporting materials including information on developing relationships with Municipal and County officials and an excerpt from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guide to Community Preventive Services Physical Activity Chapter. The packet is written in clear, simple language, and is easy to follow.

Action packets are all available online at the web site below. They can be downloaded as a complete packet or in sections.

For other action packets, see:

View/download files: 
Physical Activity and Nutrition (PAN) Action Packets:
Complete Action Packet (PDF 5.88 MB):
Contact the Distributor:
    Distributor: Maine Nutrition Network
    Contact: Lori Kaley
    Mail: 45 Commerce Drive, Suite 11
Augusta, ME 04330
    Phone: 207-626-5258
    Avail. in Qty: No
    Bulkrate:Available free online.

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