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Physical Activity and the Ecological Model

Plotnikoff, R. C., Prodaniuk, T. R., Fein, A. J., & Milton, L. (2005). Development of an ecological assessment tool for a workplace physical activity program standard. Health Promotion Practice, 6(4), 453-463.

Pratt, C. A., Lemon, S. C., Fernandez, I. D., Goetzel, R., Beresford, S. A., French, S. A., Stevens, V. J., Vogt, T. M., & Webber, L. S. (2007). Design characteristics of worksite environmental interventions for obesity prevention. Obesity, 15(9), 2171–2180.

Sallis, J. F., Cervero, R. B., Ascher, W., Henderson, K. A., Kraft, M. K., & Kerr, J. (2006). An ecological approach to creating active living communities. Annual Review of Public Health, 27, 297–322.

Vrazel, J., Saunders, R. P., & Wilcox, S. (2008). An overview and proposed framework of social-environmental influences on the physical-activity behavior of women. American Journal of Health Promotion, 23(12), 2–12.                                       

Barriers to PA for Different Cultural Groups

Eyler, A. E., Wilcox, S., Matson-Koffman, D., Evenson, K. R., Sanderson, B., Thompson, J., Wilbur, J., & Rohm-Young, D. (2002). Correlates of physical activity among women from diverse racial/ethnic groups. Journal of Women’s Health & Gender-Based Medicine, 11, 239–253.

Physical Activity and Older Adult

Hardy, S. & Grogan, S. (2009). Preventing disability through exercise: Investigating older adults’ influences and motivations to engage in physical activity.Journal of Health Psychology, 14(7), 1036–1046.

Layne, J. E., Sampson, S. E., Mallio, C. J., Hibberd, P. L., Griffith, J. L., Das, S. K., Flanagan, W. J., Castaneda-Sceppa, C. (2008). Successful dissemination of a community-based strength training program for older adults by peer and professional leaders: The people exercising program. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 56, 2323–2329.

Physical Activity and People with Physical Disabilities

Burns, R.C. & Graefe, A. R. (2007). Constraints to outdoor recreation: Exploring the effects of disabilities on perceptions and participation. Journal of Leisure Research, 39, 156–182.

Hough, M. & Paisley, K. (2008). An empowerment theory approach to adventure programming for adults with disabilities. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 42, 89–102.

Physical Activity and Aboriginal Peoples

Ho, L. S., Gittelsohn, J., Rimal, R., Treuth, M. S., Sharma, S., Rosecrans, A., & Harris, S., B. (2008). An integrated multi-institutional diabetes prevention program improves knowledge and healthy food acquisition in northwestern Ontario First Nations. Health Education & Behavior, 35(4), 561–573.

Katzmarzyk, P. T. (2008). Obesity and physical activity among aboriginal Canadians. Obesity, 16(1), 184–190.

Physical Activity and Rural

Boehmer, T. K., Lovegreen, S. L., Haire-Joshu, D., & Brownson, R. C. (2006). What constitutes an obesogenic environment in rural communities? American Journal of Health Promotion, 20(6), 411–421.

Brownson, R. C., Hagood, L., Lovegreen, S. L., Britton, B., Caito, N. M., Elliott, M. B., Emery, J., Haire-Joshu, D., Hicks, D., Johnson, B., McGill, J. B., Morton, S., Rhodes, G., Thurman, T., & Tune, D. (2005). A multilevel ecological approach to promoting walking in rural communities. Preventive Medicine: An International Journal Devoted to Practice and Theory, 41, 837–842.

Eyler, A. A., & Vest, J. R. (2002). Environmental and policy factors related to physical activity in rural White women. Women & Health, 36, 111–121.

Plonczynski, D. J., Wilbur, J., Larson, J. L., & Thiede, K. (2008). Lifestyle physical activity of older rural women. Research in Nursing & Health, 31, 501–513.



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