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Title:Using Social Support Networks to Increase Physical Activity
Pub. date: December 2005
Edition: 1st
Includes: online booklet
Audience: Nutrition Educators, Adults
Language: English
Description:This action packet is one in a series of six. It will help you promote support networks to increase physical activity in your community. You will find guidelines for creating partnerships that will help you achieve your goals. 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 (FSNE)
Developer: Matt L'Italien
Organization: University of Southern Maine
Phone: 207-626-5258
Length: 53 pages
Assessment instrument Used? yes
Use Restrictions: Permission needed to copy.
Reviewers Comments: Social support networks are group relationships in which members feel valued or committed to others in the group. They help create a supportive environment for physical activity. Promoting social support networks can increase a person’s incentive to become physically active. Examples of social support networks include walking clubs and biking groups. One can increase physical activity in a community by using existing social support networks or creating new ones. This action packet outlines six steps to use social support networks to increase physical activity in a community. It includes background information, fact sheets, a poster and a Power Point presentation to gather support for the cause. It also includes background information and real examples of other social support networks, which help to inform, inspire and motivate to action. At the end of the packet are resources and references, some of which may be specific to Maine, but can be accessed and benefited from by those around the country. The packet is clearly written and 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 2.71 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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